Bob Gibson was so great that baseball lowered the mound after his 1968 season, where he gave up just 1.12 earned runs a game and hurled 13 complete game shutouts. The Black Ace was even better in clutch playoff moments, often pitching complete games and carrying his offensively-challenged team to victory.
MLBbro future phenoms Triston McKenzie and Josiah Gray (2–2, 5.85 ERA, 69 SO) will be making their final starts of a 2021 season that saw McKenzie (5–8, 4.81 ERA, 134 SO) show flashes of future dominance. Gray’s trade from the Dodgers gives him a vital role in the Washington Nationals rotation in 2022.
On the season he has a 9-2 record through 14 starts with a 3.08 ERA.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt is excited to have Flaherty back, but wants to make sure the team does not rush his return.
“I think we’ll take it as we go,” Shildt told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Right now we want to make sure he recovers from it, and then we’ll just evaluate from there as far as what the volume can look like and then what the role (is). We’re excited to have Jack and the opportunity to have him back in whatever capacity it looks like.”
Look, if he wasn’t plagued with those injuries this season, Flaherty would be one of the top pitchers in the game right now.
Our MLBbro was shutting teams down out there when he was on the mound and put the Cardinals in a position to win games.
Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game and Flaherty could not get away from them this season.
But his return is near and in perfect time because the Cardinals have won 11 games in a row and are 4.5 games up on Cincinnati for the second NL Wild Card slot with about 10 games left in the season. A golden arm of Flaherty’s ilk will certainly be a big help.
It looks like his return will come Friday as Shildt announced that Flaherty will start in the second game of a doubleheader.
Jack’s back, take 2.
Jack Flaherty will start Game 2 of Friday’s doubleheader vs the Cubs, Mike Shildt says.
Mychal Givens is a strikeout master with the experience to help make the Reds serious postseason contenders.
The Cincinnati Reds carry themselves with more swagger than most teams in baseball and since acquiring Mychal Givens in July to help boost their bullpen, they have been flexing a lot harder.
Givens let his Reds teammates know exactly what he was about the first time he pitched in their road red uniforms. He struck out three straight Cubs in his debut and has been the best pitcher out of their bullpen since.
He struggled his first few seasons in the Minors and in 2013 was asked to make a permanent switch to the mound. By the time 2015 came around, the move was appearing to pay off. Givens posted a 1.60 ERA with 54 strikeouts, 12 saves and a 3-1 record in 39.1 innings for the Bowie Baysox in Class AA.
Givens made his long-awaited Major League debut on June 24th of 2015 and after pitching a one-two-three inning, he was sent back down to the Baysox the next day. He would be brought back up about a month later and would finish the 2015 season with a 1.80 ERA in 22 games.
Givens made Baltimore’s Opening Day roster in 2016 and would become the first pitcher in their team history to begin his career with seven straight wins as a reliever. In 62 appearances that year, he struck out 96 batters in 74.2 innings with a 3.13 ERA and an 8-2 record.
Givens got to live out every rookie’s dream of playing in the postseason during their first season and he proved the moment wasn’t too big for him. During the one game wild card play-in game between the Blue Jays and O’s that year Givens entered the game in the 8th inning. The score was tied and with runners on the corners he forced a double play and struck out three batters in 2.1 innings.
Mychal Givens gets Stephen Piscotty swinging at this ridiculous 85 mph Slider.