LISTEN: Flaherty reflects on historic second half of 2019, how he'll use it this year

Flaherty finished fourth overall in the 2019 NL Cy Young race after an incredible second half of the season.

Sam Masterson
February 20, 2020 - 6:32 pm

JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) - If you look at the last 15 starts of Jack Flaherty's 2019 season and throw it up against the best 15 games of Bob Gibson's 1968 season – one of the greatest of all time – it holds up pretty miraculously. 

Of the 100 innings that Flaherty pitched in after the All-Star break, 91 were scoreless. He didn't allow a single run in nine of those 15 starts. He allowed only 11 runs in those games for 0.91 ERA – which is the third-best post-All-Star break ERA in MLB history.

Gibson's best 15-game stretch of the '68 season was from May 17 to July 30. Here's how they compare, courtesy of SBNation:

(SB Nation)

In the audio at the top of this page, Flaherty discusses what it meant to finish 4th in the 2019 NL Cy Young race and how he'll use the momentum of a strong finish in 2019 to help him this year.

He will start the first game of Grapefruit League play for St. Louis on Saturday against the New York Mets. 

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