Flaherty (6-6) picked up the win in Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Royals, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks over seven innings while striking out nine. The rookie has been racking up the K's since the All-Star break, fanning at least seven batters in each of his last five starts and posting a 40:12 K:BB in 28.1 innings to go along with a 3.18 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Flaherty will look to keep rolling in his next outing Thursday at home against the Nationals.
Flaherty (5-6) tossed six scoreless innings while earning the win Sunday against the Pirates, allowing three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. Flaherty tossed 67 percent of his pitches for strikes and recorded eight groundball outs as he silenced the division rival. While he'd pitched well of late, the quality start was his first since June 22, and the win was just his second in the last 10 starts. Flaherty's gem brings his ERA to a sharp 3.27 for the season, to go along with a 1.10 WHIP and a 11.0 K/9. The impressive youngster will look to build on this strong performance next weekend in a favorable matchup with the Royals.
Flaherty (4-4) cruised to an easy win Friday in an 18-5 rout of the Cubs, allowing one run on two hits and four walks over five innings while striking out nine. A solo shot by Willson Contreras in the second inning accounted for the only run off the right-hander. Flaherty was far from efficient, needing 110 pitches (68 strikes) to get through five frames, but given the eruption by the Cards' offense the result was never in doubt. He'll take a 3.15 ERA into his next outing Wednesday in Cincinnati.
Flaherty worked five scoreless innings in a no-decision Saturday, working around two hits and three walks while striking out five Reds. The right-hander, who has dazzled with a 3.24 ERA in the first half, rebounded from three rough outings before this one. His 3.75 FIP indicates he's pitching slightly above his means, considering he's allowed 1.2 homers per nine innings. However, the 10.4 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 paint a positive picture for the second half. More good news: Flaherty, 22, probably won't be limited too strictly with innings. The right-hander worked 170 last year between Double-A Springfield, Triple-A Memphis and the majors, and he's only accumulated 106.2 across the latter two in 2018.
Flaherty allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks across 2.1 innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Giants. He struck out two. Flaherty breezed through the first two innings, but he allowed three runs on three hits, a walk and an error in the third before he was lifted with one out. Overall he didn't throw the ball that effectively, continuing a recent run of mediocrity that's seen him allow 10 earned runs over his last 12.1 innings. Flaherty still owns a solid 3.34 ERA on the season and will look to get back on track this weekend against the Reds.