(Busch Stadium) The St. Louis Cardinals are able to boast the National League Pitcher of the Month for August and Player of the Week as Jack Flaherty and Yadier Molina have received the respective honors.
In his six starts for August, Flaherty put together a record of 4-1 and allowed just 3 earned runs in 38.O innings pitched for a 0.71 ERA. He struck out 47 batters while holding the opposition to a .145 (19-133) average.
“It’s obviously a great accomplishment for Jack and well-deserved,” Manager Mike Shildt said. “One of the things we always have respected, or at least I have, is his maturity beyond his years. His dedication to his craft. His ability to grow from his experiences and others at a really young age. He’s very mature, very intelligent.”
Flaherty is the first Cardinals pitcher to receive the award since Adam Wainwright in September of 2014.
This is the first time in Molina’s career that he has been named NL Player of the Week. He began his stretch with multiple hits in four consecutive games and finished with a slash line of .579/.636/1.368 as he banged out four home runs, eight RBIs, and 26 total bases.
Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong also received votes for the NL Player of the Week, as he hit .688 with six extra base hits–including a triple in the last three games.
RF Dexter Fowler
2B Kolten Wong
1B Paul Goldschmidt
LF Marcell Ozuna
SS Paul DeJong
C Yadier Molina
3B Tommy Edman
CF Harrison Bader
P Jack Flaherty
–Catcher Matt Wieters was a possibility to take some swings in the cage this afternoon as a correction was made to yesterday’s news that he had received an anti-inflammatory shot for his calf strain.
“He ended up going in to get the cortisone shot and based on how he’s recovering, did not need it,” Shildt updated. “He’s ahead of schedule. What that schedule looks like, it’s still some vagueness to it. He can swing from the right side but we don’t want to aggravate anything from the left side.”
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