The St. Louis Cardinals were less than two innings away from having their season coming to an end, but after a comeback victory in Game 4 and a dominant win in Game 5, the Cardinals are now heading to the NLCS for the first time since 2014.
It was never really a game as the Cardinals jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, but that doesn’t mean the visitors got the night off on the defensive side of things.
Jack Flaherty ended up getting the bump for St. Louis and he went six strong innings, striking out 8 and allowing just one earned run. After the game the 23-year-old was asked a few questions about the win, including if he was dealing with some nerves on the mound, and he gave a very Jordan Binnington-like answer whether he meant to or not.
Flaherty insisted that whatever he was doing on the mound during Game 5 had nothing to do with nerves and more so was just about staying focus with such a big lead, and Cardinals fans couldn’t help but compare his answer to the one the Blues goalie gave during last year’s Stanley Cup run.
Flaherty went 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 196.1 innings of work during the season and is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 13 innings of work this postseason.