photo: Jack Flaherty (Jeff Curry/Imagn)
St. Louis Cardinals release
Jack Flaherty named the National League Pitcher of the Month for the second consecutive month
How did he do it?
- Registered a 3-1 record with 53 strikeouts and a 0.82 ERA across six starts, while limiting the opposition to 17 hits and eight walks. Permitted just a pair of home runs.
- Concluded the regular season with 7.0 scoreless innings and six strikeouts against the Chicago Cubs in his start yesterday. Logged four scoreless starts with at least 7.0 innings pitched over the course of his dominant month.
- In the second half of the season, compiled a 7-2 record with 124 strikeouts, 23 walks and a 0.91 ERA over 99.1 innings pitched and 15 starts. Became the first Major League pitcher since 1915 to record at least 120 strikeouts while posting an ERA of 1.00-or-better in the second half of a season.
- Finished his breakout campaign with an 11-8 record to go along with 231 strikeouts, 55 walks and a 2.75 ERA. Since 1885, became the third pitcher younger than 24 years old to post a season in which he tallied at least 230 punchouts while permitting 55-or-fewer walks to go along with an ERA of 2.75-or-better, joining Clayton Kershaw (2011) and Mark Prior (2003).