Jack Flaherty yielded three runs on four hits and threw 39 pitches (17 strikes) on Sunday in his Grapefruit League debut against the Nationals.
The damage could've been a lot worse for Flaherty, but his opening frame was ended prematurely -- a newly-added Grapefruit League rule this spring -- with the bases-loaded because he already thrown 23 pitches in the frame. He struggled mightily with his command, allowing seven total baserunners, including three walks in this one. He also uncorked a pair of wild pitches and registered only one strikeout. It’s difficult to label him a traditional bounce-back candidate, but he’s coming off an underwhelming 2020 campaign where he recorded a bloated 4.91 ERA, despite a robust 1.21 WHIP and 49/16 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings (nine starts). The hard-throwing 25-year-old should be one of the main beneficiaries of superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado’s defensive wizardry this season. He’s due for some regression from a run prevention standpoint and should return to form as an upper-echelon fantasy starter moving forward. 2:19 pm (EST)
- Cardinals manager Mike Shildt announced Thursday morning that Jack Flaherty will be the team's Opening Day starter on April 1 against the Reds.
- Jack Flaherty won his arbitration case against the Cardinals and will earn $3.9 million in 2021.
- Jack Flaherty requested $3.9 million and was offered $3 million by the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday. All Jack Flaherty (R) News
2021 PRE-SEASON PROJECTIONS
2020 SEASON STATS
|Feb 28||T 4 - 4||WSH||0||0||0||1.0||4||0||3||3||1|
|Oct 02||L 4 - 0||@ SD||0||1||0||6.0||6||0||1||2||8|
|Sep 25||L 3 - 0||MIL||0||1||0||5.0||4||1||3||4||5|
|Sep 20||W 2 - 1||@ PIT||1||0||0||6.0||2||0||1||2||11|
|Sep 15||L 18 - 3||@ MIL||0||1||0||3.0||8||2||9||2||6|
|Sep 10||W 12 - 2||DET||1||0||0||5.0||4||1||2||2||6|
|Sep 04||L 4 - 1||@ CHI||0||1||0||2.2||4||0||3||2||4|
|Aug 29||L 2 - 1||CLE||0||0||0||5.0||3||1||1||2||5|
|Aug 24||W 9 - 3||KC||1||0||0||5.0||1||0||0||0||3|
|Aug 19||W 9 - 3||@ CHI||0||0||0||1.2||1||1||1||2||3|
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