Flaherty (8-9) allowed four earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three across 2.2 innings to take the loss Sunday against the Cubs.
Flaherty worked out of a jam in the first inning to keep the Cubs off the board, but wasn't so fortunate in the third inning when he allowed five consecutive batters to reach base. He ended the season with a 3.34 ERA and 1.11 WHIP despite allowing 12 earned runs across his last 12.2 innings. On a more positive note, he threw 182.2 innings between Triple-A Memphis and the major-league level, meaning there shouldn't be an impactful innings restriction in 2019 for 22-year-old.
Flaherty did not factor into the decision against the Brewers on Monday, allowing three earned runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman over 5.1 innings. He struck out five.
Flaherty could only get 57 of his 93 pitches into the strike zone, but he did manage to keep the Cardinals in the game. The rookie bounced back to an extent from one of his rougher outings of the season against the Braves his last time out, when he allowed five earned runs over 4.2 innings. As the Cardinals' rotation currently lines up, Flaherty is slated to take the hill Sunday against the Cubs in the final game of the regular season, one that could be key to St. Louis' postseason hopes.
Flaherty (8-7) suffered the loss Friday against the Dodgers, allowing one earned run, four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out eight.
Flaherty pitched well enough to earn the victory Friday, but he just didn't get any run support from the Cardinals' offense. His only blemish was a solo home run off the bat of Yasiel Puig in the second inning. The young righty continues to put together an impressive season, and he hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a start since July 31. He'll carry an impressive 2.86 ERA into his next scheduled start, which is planned for Wednesday against the Braves.
Flaherty didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Tigers, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks over five innings while striking out six.
The right-hander threw 57 of 92 pitches for strikes and also uncorked two wild pitches, foreshadowing the end of the game when Bud Norris threw another one to bring Victor Reyes home with the winning run in the ninth inning. Flaherty will carry a 2.92 ERA into his next start Thursday at home against the Dodgers.
Flaherty pitched five innings in Monday's loss to the Nationals, allowing a run on three hits and five walks while striking out five. He did not factor into the decision.
The run total certainly looks good, but the five walks are cause for concern, and Flaherty required 96 pitches to get through five innings. He avoided punishment for those walks, however, as the only run he allowed came on a Trea Turner solo shot. The outing lowers the 22-year-old's ERA to a stellar 2.83. He'll next take the hill Saturday in Detroit.
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