Unfortunately, Gammons comments were widely distributed before the season started and Flaherty's opening odds for the Cy Young were pounded down to "unbetable" in my view. His relatively nondescript 1st half will most likely do in his Cy Young chances.
He has personally sought out Bob Gibson in spring training, seeking advice (most of the Cardinals' HOFers are there at some point in time during spring training) from the greatest pitcher in Cardinals history, because Flaherty wants to be great. (Not speculation.)
I think Flaherty's doing his best to channel his mentor's 1968 season in the 2nd half of this season, ever since Gibson announced he has pancreatic cancer (about the time of the All-Star break). Just fun speculation on my part in regards to channeling his mentor.