Heading into the 2021 campaign, the St. Louis Cardinals envisioned a bunch of wins on the backs of their lethal one-two punch at the top of the starting rotation. That one-two punch of Kwang Hyun Kim and Jack Flaherty kicked off the year with two months of pitching to ERA floating around 3.00. The result? At the end of May, St. Louis trailed the NL Central lead by just 0.5 games.
Then, Flaherty got hit with an oblique injury and landed on the 60-day injured list. Kim has kept up his pace (2.88 ERA in 84.1 innings pitched) but the Cardinals started losing ground. St. Louis now sits in third place and trails by 8.0 games of the division lead.
But, the news is finally promising for the Cardinals' pitching staff after Flaherty looked sharp in a recent rehab pitching performance.
Jack Flaherty Injury Update
The fifth-year MLB veteran tossed 2.0 innings in 31 pitches for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday night. He struck out three of the seven batters he faced and saw just one hit against him. It's a promising start. The 25-year-old pitcher will need some additional rehab starts in order to stretch out his pitch count, but this is the best news possible as of now.
Flaherty certainly has the potential to give the Cardinals the jolt this team needs down the stretch. He pitches to a 3.31 ERA and 1.068 WHIP throughout his career.
Currently, the Cardinals own +1800 odds to win the NL Central on FanDuel Sportsbook. A healthy return by Flaherty could certainly see a boost in these betting odds.
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