Flaherty looks forward to staying consistent for Cardinals


Those thoughts served Flaherty well in 2019.

Last year was a breakout season for Flaherty. He blossomed into one of the top starters in baseball. At the midpoint of the season, Flaherty was treading water at 4-5 with a 4.90 ERA in his first 17 starts. That changed in the second half.

Following the All-Star break, Flaherty produced a 0.91 ERA. He earned Pitcher of the Month honors in August and September.

“It was impressive for a younger guy or for anybody to do as well as Jack did in the second half,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “I don’t think people would argue that it was probably the best second half performance from a pitching standpoint. He got there by being very intentional about what he did. Jack just looks and seeks every day to just get better. He strives to get better physically, emotionally and mentally and all the things that come with that.”

In his second full season, Flaherty finished with a 2.75 ERA. He went 11-8 in 33 starts. Flaherty struck out 231 batters over 196 1/3 innings.

He became the third-youngest pitcher in baseball history to strike out at least 230 and walk 55 or fewer with a 2.75 ERA or lower. Following the season, he was nominated…

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