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BenFred: Flaherty's leverage is little, but Cardinals should realize ace's stance is strong

JUPITER, Fla. — If Jack Flaherty wasn’t one of the best young pitchers in baseball, he would make a fantastic funambulist.

That’s the official name for tightrope walkers, if you didn't know.

The Cardinals’ ace is physically and mentally strong, totally fearless and, most importantly, incredibly well balanced.

He has the guts required to push forward, and the mind to explain why.

“We ready to do this?” Flaherty said Sunday afternoon after he exited the Roger Dean Stadium clubhouse to a crowd.

He then spent 15 minutes articulating what has become one of the most flawed parts of his business, and why he is speaking out about it.