ST. LOUIS — Jack Flaherty's second half of 2019 was a coming out party for the young ace. The writers took notice, and on Wednesday Flaherty finished fourth in the NL Cy Young Award race.

The Mets' Jacob DeGrom took home the award for the second year in a row, with only one BBWAA voter not putting him first on the list.

Flaherty finished fourth with with 69 points. He was just three points short behind Nationals' ace and St. Louis native Max Scherzer for third place.

Flaherty's fourth place finish is the highest finish by a Cardinals pitcher since 2014.

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Flaherty had five second place votes, 11 third place votes, six fourth place votes and four fifth place votes.

Flaherty's second half was in a word, dominating.

In 15 second half starts, Flaherty had a minuscule 0.91 ERA, held batters to a 1.42 opposing batting average and struck out 124 batters in 99 innings.

His season stats were impressive as well.

Flaherty went 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA that was good enough for sixth best in all of baseball.

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander won the award in the American League.

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