Baltimore Orioles right-hander Zach Flaherty, 28, is excited to join the organization.
“I’m excited to be here, and I’m getting to know the new faces,” Flaherty said in an interview ahead of the Orioles’ home game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday (June 3) at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I’m really looking forward to it.”
He was dealt to Baltimore from the St. Louis Cardinals at the trade deadline the day before. The Orioles acquired him in exchange for left-hander Drew Storen, infielder Cesar Prieto and right-hander Zack Showalter. He’ll start the series finale against Toronto a day later.
After his first trade, he says, “Something was off. I kept waiting and watching to see what would happen. At the same time, I had to prepare for the next selection,” he said of the trade.
Leaving St. Louis after years of service was not easy for him, but at the same time, he is looking forward to new challenges with a new team.
“It’s really cool,” he said. They’re in unbelievable shape and they’re number one in the district. It’s a really special team. I’m really lucky to be here,” he said, excited to be in Baltimore, which is leading the district.
The American League East has a reputation for being a tough division, especially for pitchers. It could be a challenge for him.온라인바카
“Every team in this league is a good team,” he said when asked for his thoughts on it. “If you take any team lightly, you’re going to get knocked out early. If you play every game like it’s Game 7, you’ll be fine.”
In 20 games this season, Flaherty is 7-6 with a 4.43 ERA in 109 2/3 innings pitched. The 109 2/3 innings are his most since 196 1/3 in 2019.
“The season is a series of ups and downs. You’re going to have bad outings and good outings. And I’m learning from the tough outings. I’ve worked on some things, and now it’s just a matter of showing up and performing,” he said.