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Sport Why did the Cardinals let ace Jack Flaherty throw 100 pitches in a game decided after the first inning?

03:15  10 october  2019
03:15  10 october  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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The Cardinals didn't need Jack Flaherty to win Game 5 of the NLDS against the Braves. It’s not often that you see all suspense of a winner-take-all game in the MLB playoffs deflated by the end of the first inning , but that’s pretty much what happened Wednesday during Game 5 of the NLDS between

The Cardinals didn't need Jack Flaherty to win Game 5 of the NLDS against the Braves. It’s not often that you see all suspense of a winner-take-all game in the MLB playoffs deflated by the end of the first inning , but that’s pretty much what happened Wednesday during Game 5 of the NLDS between

It’s not often that you see all suspense of a winner-take-all game in the MLB playoffs deflated by the end of the first inning, but that’s pretty much what happened Wednesday during Game 5 of the NLDS between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.

a man throwing a baseball on a field: Jack Flaherty could have exited early on Wednesday The Cardinals still gave him a full workload. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)© Provided by Oath Inc. Jack Flaherty could have exited early on Wednesday The Cardinals still gave him a full workload. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Cardinals batted around and then some in the first inning, hanging a postseason-record 10 runs on the Braves and increasing their lead to 13-0 in the third inning.

Obviously, that was great for the Cardinals. However, that didn’t stop them from making an odd choice on the pitching side of a game that had been all but decided.

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Flaherty pitched six easy innings , throwing 104 pitches , with no stress at all in the Cardinals ’ 13-1 rout. Can you imagine if he pulled Flaherty out And guess what? If there’s a Game 7, there’s no one the Cardinals would rather have than Flaherty . Shildt is a strong candidate to win the NL Manager of

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Cardinals let Jack Flaherty throw 100 pitches with double-digit lead

While the bats got it done for the Cardinals on Wednesday, their starter Jack Flaherty was the reason to be confident going into the game. If there was a Cy Young for the second half of a season, the right-hander would have been a shoo-in. Flaherty posted a 0.91 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 99.1 innings after the All-Star break.

Flaherty was the hottest pitcher in baseball entering the playoffs, but the Cardinals unexpectedly didn’t need an ace on Wednesday. They just needed a pitcher to eat innings. Flaherty was definitely up for that job, but so was everyone else in the Cardinals bullpen.

That situation led some to expect Flaherty might only see a few innings of action before getting pulled to keep him fresh for approaching NLCS.

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Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty ensured there would be no historic comeback. The 22-year-old The first inning wouldn’t have been so damaging though without Edman delivering a crushing two-run That hit turned a good start for St. Louis into a game -winning rally. Edman would later add a triple to

After pitching seven scoreless innings in a Game 2 win, Mike The Cardinals scored their final run of the inning on a strikeout - a wild pitch in the dirt that skipped Manager Mike Shildt let the 23-year-old Flaherty throw 104 pitches over six innings , surrendering four hits for the first postseason win

The Cardinals let him pitch as much as he could instead, eventually pulling him from the game after six innings of work and 104 pitches.

That is definitely an interesting choice on the part of Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. Because Flaherty was given a full workload, the earliest he could reasonably pitch is Game of the NLCS on Monday. Had he pitched, say, two innings, he might have been able to start even earlier.

That’s still a fine problem for the Cardinals to have, but it’s puzzling at a time when teams are doing everything possible to get an edge in the playoffs.

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