Flaherty allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings Friday as he was charged with the loss in Game 3 of the NL Wild Card Series against the Padres. Flaherty sputtered at the end of the regular season as he allowed at least three runs in three of his final five starts. He was more effective Friday in the decisive Game 3 matchup against San Diego, but the Cardinals' offense was unable to generate any run production as the Padres used nine pitchers Friday. Flaherty recorded a 4.91 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 40.1 innings during the shortened 2020 regular season.
Flaherty (4-3) took the loss during the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Brewers, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks over five innings as the Cardinals fell 3-0. He struck out five. The right-hander wasn't at his sharpest, throwing 57 of 95 pitches for strikes, but without any run support he had no margin for error. Flaherty likely won't pitch again in the regular season -- although the Cards might still need to play a makeup doubleheader Monday against the Tigers if those games matter for the playoff race -- leaving him with a disappointing 4.91 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 49:16 K:BB over 40.1 innings.
Flaherty (3-2) gave up nine runs on eight hits and two walks during the Cardinals' 18-3 loss on Tuesday. He struck out six. In what was an unusual outing, Flaherty matched his season high with six strikeouts despite only recording nine outs. Seemingly punished for every mistake pitch, Flaherty was taken deep multiple times in a start for the first time in 2020. Tuesday also marked his first 2020 outing in which he gave up more than three runs. The ugly performance will balloon his marks, while Flaherty will take the mound against a poor Pirates lineup in his next start to try to get them more toward the levels he's accustomed to.
Flaherty (3-1) picked up the win in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Tigers, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out six. The right-hander got staked to a 9-0 lead by the end of the third inning, allowing Flaherty to cruise to his first victory since Aug. 24. He tossed 95 pitches (63 strikes), and his only real mistake resulted in a two-run shot by Jeimer Candelario. Flaherty will take a 3.08 ERA and 27:8 K:BB through 26.1 innings into his next outing Tuesday in Milwaukee.
Flaherty (2-1) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 2.2 innings in a loss to the Cubs on Friday. Flaherty got into trouble in both the first and third innings, and Willson Contreras singles accounted for all three runs against him. The 25-year-old righty now has a 2.95 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 21:6 K:BB across 21.1 innings this season. Flaherty still hasn't pitched more than five innings in any of his four starts since the Cardinals returned from their COVID-19 outbreak. He'll try to work deeper into his next start, currently projected for one of the games in Thursday's twin bill versus the Tigers.