ST. LOUIS -- When the ball left Aaron Miles' bat on Monday night, Brandon Lyon could not help but cringe a little inside.
A few weeks ago, that line drive probably falls for a run-scoring hit. On Monday night, it landed in second baseman David Eckstein's glove and he flipped it to second for a double play.
"When things go bad, they kind of steamroll that way and when things go good, they just go good for you," Lyon said.
Since being removed from the closer's role on Sept. 13, things have gone well for the right-hander. In his last four appearances, he has not allowed a run.
Contrast that with his 10 previous outings when he had a 13.03 ERA.
"A few of those outings I was just one pitch away from getting out of there with a zero and it seemed like I couldn't get that big out like I have these last few outings," Lyon said. "Just like a hitter putting together a few good at-bats, as a pitcher, if you put a few good outings together, you start feeling a little more comfortable out there, a little more confident in your stuff. That's just how this game is. Maybe it's sometimes a mindset or whatever it is when you think you're going to get an out, when you make a pitch rather than thinking you'll give up a hit if you make a bad pitch."
At this point in the season, Lyon has a very simple goal.
"You want to at least head into the offseason feeling good," the free-agent-to-be said. "It'd be good to finish out the season strong."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.