Jack Flaherty allowed nine earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six over three innings pitched in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. Flaherty threw 81 pitches, 48 of them for strikes, and gave up back-to-back home runs in the first inning to Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun. The Brewers added two runs in the third on a Daniel Vogelbach double and seven runs in the fourth, five of which were charged to Flaherty. He allowed four singles and a walk before being relieved without recording an out in that inning. The Cardinals fell to 21-22 with the loss and have a half game lead over the Cincinnati Reds, and one game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for Second Place in the NL Central.
Flaherty had a 3.08 ERA heading into Tuesday's game. Nobody would have predicted that the Brewers, who had a .315 wOBA (18th in MLB) over the last 30 days, would embarrass Flaherty like they did on Tuesday. It could not have come at a worse time as fantasy owners in head-to-head leagues are in the first week of playoffs. Those in classic rotisserie formats were likely less effected by Flaherty's meltdown but it does cast a shadow on his rest of season outlook. Flaherty's ERA now stands at 5.52 and one has to wonder if this will effect his draft outlook for next season. Flaherty will face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday in what should be a plus matchup for the right-hander. Owners in standard leagues can hold their noses and start Flaherty hoping that he returns to form by then.