Updated: Oct 8, 2018
If I can keep it up all month, 31 days of positive posts! There's going to be enough negativity going around with the Cardinals not in the post-season.
When Jack Flaherty took the mound 28 times in 2018, here was his average game:
5.4 innings (just over 16 outs) 3.86 hits allowed
2.11 runs allowed
Here is what the average hitter did at the plate when Jack Flaherty was on the mound:
.198/.290/.345/.635. Let's put that into perspective, in Brendan Ryan's 1,300+ PA in 4 seasons with St. Louis, he hit .259/.314/.344/.658. Yes, he turned the league into a weaker hitter than Brendan Ryan when he was in St. Louis. Unbelievable.
He did this despite only getting 12 (43%) of his 28 starts in St. Louis - a pitcher's haven. He did this despite facing playoff teams in 12 (43%) of his starts. Remember only 1/3 of the teams make the playoffs in MLB. He did all this despite throwing 19 times (68%) against teams that finished at or above .500.
Flaherty was also at his best when the team around him was at it's worst. In reverse order here, take a look at these splits.
When the Cardinals scored 6+ runs (4 starts), Flaherty's line against was .239/.349/.394/.744.
When the Cardinals scored 3-5 runs (16 starts), Flaherty's line against was .197/.285/.343/.627.
When the Cardinals scored 0-2 runs (8 starts), Flaherty's line against was 186/.274/.327/.601!
My favorite stat of Flaherty's 2018 that I unearthed this morning was that Flaherty faced 9 men with bases loaded this year. He struck out 6 of them, didn't allow a single hit, and only 2 men of 27 possible base runners in those situations scored.
Positive October Day 7, in the books!
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