Rhys Hoskins homered off a really talented pitcher today in St. Louis. Philadelphia came up short, and Odubel Herrera’s on-base streak was snapped at 45 games. There’s good reason for this.
Jack Flaherty is going to be a big-time arm for St. Louis. Consider the following:
.@Jack9Flaherty made history today:
▪️13 Ks are the most by a Cardinal pitcher in 2018.
▪️13 Ks in one of his 1st 10 @MLB games surpasses the previous Cardinals' record of 11.
▪️Becomes the 8th Cardinal pitcher to post a 10+ strikeout game in one of his first 9 starts. pic.twitter.com/PkiU0qC9eN
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 20, 2018
Flaherty is a guy that other teams would kill to have in their organization. Arm talent like his do not come around very often. I wondered a lot why the Cardinals delayed putting Flaherty in the rotation to go back to Adam Wainright time and again for a floundering and failed experiment.
The Phillies saw on Sunday that this is not a guy you want to tangle with. He’s going to have a really big year and become a household name in St. Louis this season. Even if Hoskins did dent the scoreboard with a big fly early in the game.