Flaherty (1-0) allowed one hit and four walks while striking out six across six scoreless innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Marlins.
After surrendering six earned runs on Opening Day, Flaherty bounced back to hold the Marlins to just one hit. He did struggle a bit with his control, though two of the free passes came in the first frame. Flaherty also showed the ability to work deep into games, as he threw 101 total pitches. He'll look to build on this performance in his next outing, currently projected for Tuesday against Washington.
Flaherty gave up six runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Thursday.
The Cardinals staked Flaherty to a six-run lead before he even took the mound, yet he couldn't secure the Opening Day win. Inefficiency and a couple long balls led to manager Mike Shildt turning to his bullpen in the fifth inning as Flaherty's pitch count ticked up to 94. A road matchup in Miami next week looks like a great spot for Flaherty to get right -- on paper, anyway.
Flaherty, the Cardinals' Opening Day starter, allowed an unearned run on three hits over three innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Marlins on Saturday. He struck out four.
The right-hander had already worked up to 90 pitches against MIami on Monday, so Saturday's outing was more of an interim tune-up designed to keep Flaherty's arm conditioned ahead of Opening Day. He worked up to 55 pitches, throwing 38 for strikes, and wrapped up spring with his only scoreless effort in four trips to the mound.
Flaherty allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits, three walks and a wild pitch across 5.1 innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Marlins on Monday. He struck out five.
Despite the uneven final line, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports Flaherty came away from the outing satisfied, as the majority of his trouble was limited to a four-run fifth inning. Flaherty's fastball topped out at 95.5 mph, and he was able to go beyond his projected pitch count, leaving him confident in his readiness for Opening Day. "It feels like the season's here," Flaherty said. "It feels like the spring has gone real quick. I mean, I think we're out of here in a week, which is crazy to think about. But yeah, ready to go."
Flaherty, who's logged five innings of Grapefruit League action over two appearances, stretched out to 83 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander has been hittable in both instances he's taken the mound against opposing squads, giving up a total of five earned runs on six hits over those five frames. That trend continued Tuesday in the form of friendly fire, as Silver relays Flaherty gave up a pair of home runs to Paul Goldschmidt and one to Paul DeJong in the sim game. However, Flaherty did at least ramp up his workload ahead of an Opening Day start versus the Reds.
Flaherty allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk while recording four strikeouts over four innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.
Facing off against Max Scherzer, Flaherty gave a solid accounting of himself for the second time in less than a week against the Nationals after having faced part of their squad in a "B" game Friday. The right-hander now has strong back-to-back outings under his belt following a forgettable spring debut, and he was able to stretch out to 64 pitches in Wednesday's start.
Flaherty impressed while throwing 50 pitches in a "B" game against the Astros on Friday, following a poor showing in his first Grapefruit League start, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. "Very favorable," manager Mike Shildt said. "Everything was a lot crisper. Fastball had some good life to it, getting it by guys. Slider on the plate more, breaking out of the hand better."
The right-hander hadn't pulled any punches when describing his performance in Sunday's Grapefruit League opener against the Nationals, labeling his performance that day as "horrible". Consequently, Flaherty's performance Friday amounted to a bit of a sigh of relief, even in the wake of what was just one poor outing. Shildt particularly praised Flaherty's ability to control counts much better than in his debut, when he'd retired just one of eight batters.
Flaherty, who threw just 17 of 39 pitches for strikes in his Grapefruit League debut Sunday against Washington, confirmed he wasn't experimenting with any new pitchers or mechanics during his outing and blamed himself for simply executing poorly, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. "Pitched horribly, set a horrible tone, but [Thomas] Parsons came in and did a really good job after me, and then Johnny Gant picked up from there," Flaherty said. "Bad way to set a tone for the team for spring, but the guys came and picked me up."
Flaherty labored through a 23-pitch first inning that started out positively enough with a strikeout but devolved into the right-hander allowing a single and two walks before the frame ended early due to his elevated pitch count. With the second inning even more nightmarish -- Flaherty surrendered three consecutive singles, uncorked two wild pitches and issued a walk before getting the hook -- his first taste of 2021 game action was undeniably disastrous. Making the poor showing all the more jarring was the fact Flaherty is considered the ace of the staff and was just designated the Opening Day starter, but he'll at least have plenty more opportunities to round into form over the next five weeks of Grapefruit League action.
Manager Mike Shildt announced Thursday that Flaherty would serve as the Cardinals' Opening Day starter April 1 in Cincinnati, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
Flaherty will also get the ball for the Cardinals' Grapefruit League opener versus the Nationals, likely working two innings in his first outing of the spring. Though Flaherty endured a turbulent 2020 campaign that included a prolonged shutdown due to the Cardinals' COVID-19 outbreak, the 25-year-old's standing as the staff ace never wavered. Even though his ERA rose to 4.91 over a small sample of 40.1 innings in 2020, Flaherty remained one of the top strikeout artists among starters, finishing with K/9 rate above 10.5 for the third straight season.
Flaherty won his arbitration case over the Cardinals on Saturday and will make $3.9 million in 2021, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
Flaherty and the Cardinals were unable to reach an agreement without an arbiter, but the right-hander will earn a hefty raise following his hearing. Now that the case is behind him, the Cardinals' ace will shift his focus toward spring training as he attempts to bounce back in 2021 after recording a 4.91 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 40.1 innings last season.
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 picked up the win Sunday against the Pirates, allowing one run on two hits and two walks across six innings. He struck out 11.
Flaherty was coming off his worst outing of the season, in which he allowed nine runs in just three innings pitched against the Brewers on Sep. 15. The right-hander was able to bounce back in a big way Sunday, tallying a season-high 11 punchouts while allowing just four baserunners. The 24-year-old has a 44:12 K:BB to go along with a 4.84 ERA on the campaign and will look to finish the regular season on a high note when he takes the ball Friday against Milwaukee.
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.
Flaherty will start Friday's game against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrats reports.
Flaherty last pitched Saturday against the Indians, so he will be on five days of rest when he takes the mound at Wrigley Field on Friday. The right-hander will look to continue a strong stretch in which he's allowed just one run in his last 10 innings. Adam Wainwright will pitch Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, with Dakota Hudson toeing the rubber for the second half of the twin bill.
Flaherty gave up one run on three hits and two walks over five innings during Saturday's 12-inning loss to Cleveland, He had five strikeouts and did not factor in the decision.
The right-hander surrendered a solo homer to Jose Ramirez during the opening frame, but he kept the Indians off the board over the next four frames. Flaherty upped his pitch count to 83 during Saturday's outing, so he appears to be nearing full clearance after being limited out of the gate from the Cardinals' return to play after the COVID-19 outbreak. The 24-year-old has a 1.93 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 17:4 K:BB through 18.2 innings and lines up to face the Cubs on the road next weekend.
Flaherty (2-0) picked up the win Monday against Kansas City, allowing one hit and striking out three in five scoreless innings.
After being limited to 1.2 innings and 41 pitches Aug. 19, Flaherty was able to go five innings and pick up his second win Monday. He allowed a ground-rule double to Meibrys Viloria in the third inning but kept the Royals off the bases besides that. Under normal circumstances, the right-hander would certainly have tossed more than five innings and 64 pitches, but he is still stretching his arm out after St. Louis' long layoff due to its COVID-19 outbreak. Flaherty will look to go a little bit deeper into the game when he takes the ball Saturday against the Indians.
Flaherty gave up one run on one hit and two walks over 1.2 innings during Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cubs. He had three strikeouts and did not qualify for the decision.
The right-hander's first start since the Cardinals resumed play last weekend was a short one, as the team limited him to 41 pitches in his first game action since July 24. Flaherty should continue to get stretched out toward his usual workload, but it figures to take a few starts following the multi-week hiatus. The 24-year-old's next outing lines up for Monday versus the Royals.
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