The Cincinnati Reds (55-75) and Pittsburgh Pirates (62-68) battle each other in the rubber match of the finale of this three-game series at 1:10 ET at Great American Ball Park.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Tyler Mahle 59.1 2.73 3.61 21.2% 5.4%
Jameson Taillon 102.0 4.85 3.75 21.9% 8.2%

*Mahle’s stats are from his time at Triple A-Louisville.

According to Baseball America, Mahle is the #3 prospect in the Reds organization behind Nick Senzel and Hunter Greene. And he sure has pitched like it at both Double-A and Triple-A in 2017, with a combined ERA of 2.06. At AA-Pensacola this year, Mahle went 3-4 with a 1.59 ERA, 17 walks and 87 strikeouts in 85 innings. He also threw a perfect game for the Blue Wahoos on April 22.

Mahle has had a harder time at Triple-A, but still managed to post a 2.73 ERA in almost 60 innings. He will throw strikes and doesn’t walk a lot of batters. At Pensacola, he walked only 17, and in Louisville, only 13.

Here’s more on Mahle:

Taillon has had a bit of a rocky 2017 season, what with having to be out for a month in May due to surgery for testicular cancer. Because of that, he’s only pitched 102 innings, but will still pass his 104 innings pitched in 2016. Taillon has been able to keep his K% high, but his BB% has gone from 4.1% in 2016 to 8.2% this season.

In his last appearance against the Reds, he lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up eight runs on 11 hits, including two home runs. He struck out three and walked just one.

taillon stats


Pirates                                                               Reds

1. Starling Marte (LF)
2. Adam Frazier (2B)
3. Andrew McCutchen(CF)
4. Josh Bell (1B)
5. Josh Harrison (3B)
6. John Jaso (RF)
7. Sean Rodriguez (SS)
8. Elias Diaz (C)
9. Jameson Taillon (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scooter Gennett (3B)
6. Jose Peraza (2B)
7. Scott Schebler (RF)
8. Chad Arthur Wallach(C)
9. Tyler F. Mahle (P)

News and Notes

-Chad Wallach also makes his major league debut this afternoon.

-Luke Farrell, we hardly knew ye. As expected, Scott Feldman goes on the DL to create a 40-man roster spot for Mahle.

-Mahle found out by accident that he was getting called up today. He probably thought he was getting traded at first.

Stat of the Day

Adam Duvall has become someone the Reds can rely on defensively in left field. If you were to dive into the advanced statistics of his defense, it would show that his range isn’t that great (his ultimate zone rating per 150 games (UZR/150) is -49.5. Last year it was 66.6). But he really does have a strong arm for a left fielder. Duvall should be in contention to win a Gold Glove this season, and because the voters tend to also vote based on a player’s offense too (which is stupid), he’ll really be looked to get the award.

Final Thoughts

I’ll be at the game this afternoon, so I will have seen both Luis Castillo’s and Mahle’s major league debuts. I’m hoping it’s something I can look back on years later (like fans do with Johnny Cueto or Homer Bailey now) and say “Remember when?”






Join the conversation! 45 Comments

  1. Good luck.
    Lets see what we have for next year.

  2. I won’t put any stock in one start, but of course hope Mahle does well because I worry the Reds will. Either way I’m glad to see Mahle and other prospects finally getting some playing time. Now about that Winker guy…

  3. No work today, got grass cut early, both Reds and Benagals on TV, wife brought me lunch on the couch, 1 Heineken saved for each game… is good today.

  4. Great start for the kid. Very easy gas.

  5. Thank goodness for Joey. With all the first pitch swinging, hes the one that will make the pitcher work.

  6. Billy is still trying to bunt.Key word is trying.

  7. Lets score some runs today.

  8. Jaso is driving up the pitch count

  9. Perfect game gone, but the no hitter is still in order

  10. Mahle is simply drilling the strike zone and no one is barrelling up his pitches. This is what everyone wants to see from the young man. Excellent battle with Jaso then Mahle finishes the inning in style.

  11. Saw the kid live in Indy a month ago….took me 2 minutes to figure out that he’s 10x better then Adleman, Bonilla, etc. Castillo and Mahle should’ve been w/the Reds working out the kinks since May! Atleast he’s here and he’s impressive! I think his leg extension gets him a little closer to the plate then most pitchers….might be why his 94 mph gets swing-n-misses where alot of guys don’t. Alot of high pitches though? That can be costly in gabp!

  12. Scooter keeps on keeping on. He can hit a ball hard the other way

  13. Did anybody notice Price going with the left then right batting order.Dude is a student of the game.

  14. Peraza trying to punch it to the right side and then drawing the walk. Nice AB

  15. Scooter with the Hamilrun. Doin’ it all

  16. He is showing signs of getting it.

  17. The “new” Peraza just keeps going.

    I like it.

    • Great PA working the count and making the pitcher throw strikes. Then he tops that with by taking 2B on the fly out to right-center, putting a runner in scoring position. I’m liking this new Peraza, but why did it take so long to make the change and adjustment?

      • He’s 22. He’s learning on the fly. As he gets more experience, he’ll be able to figure things out and make changes/adjustments quicker.

        (I hope.)

      • I may be beating a broken drum, but i still blame his struggles this year on in part his use, or lack of use, last year. I think that retarded his growth and hurt his approach coming into this season.

  18. Nice Houdini to get out of that one

  19. Josh ole’ Harrison, since its nickname day.

  20. Any pitcher that’s not a LOOGY is going to just get worn out by Joey Votto. That guys plate discipline is just unreal…

  21. Thom talking about how Tallion doesnt have much wear and tear on his arm because he was out with injuries for a couple of seasons…..when some of those were arm injuries, i dont think it works that way….but im not an award winning broadcaster.

  22. What a wasted opportunity that was.

  23. “Most everyone who is in the majors has had real success in the minors.”

    Thom just loves to hear himself talk, doesnt he?

  24. Bases loaded nobody out and Duvall/Scooter got over anxious. Now Mahle is melting down a little bit. Oh well…its a pretty day out there. Kid looks great overall, but can’t walk people and then hit the next guy with an 0-2 pitch.

  25. That third inning is going to come back to haunt us today.I thought when Joey was 3-2 please throw him a strike.Just had a feeling it wasn’t going to work out after he walked.

  26. Heard on the broadcast that only one time in I believe it was 90 some start had Mahle walked 4 batters or more.Welcome to the big leagues kid.Its just a different game.He does have the stuff just appeared to be in a hurry.

  27. Hurdle figures that 3rd run is a big one.Guess he thinks we won’t score any more.He may be right.

  28. Pirates doing the little things to try and win,So far we haven’t done anything.Just like last night.Got to do better especially when these young guys take the mound.Getting them a lead allows them to slow down and take a deep breath.

  29. It’s a beautiful day! No humidity.

    Exciting pitcher for the Reds making his debut. Paragraph by so tell me why is everybody so darn gloomy?

  30. Your right its about Mahle and the beautiful day God has given us.Enjoy.

  31. Schebler looked safe to me. Take a look

  32. Thats the Storen i was expecting this season. I missed that one.

  33. Storen recording 3 outs in an appearance without a H/BB/HBP for the first time all month.

    With all the young arms on the 40-man roster, the Reds can surely use his $3 million salary next year towards a back-end starter, Suarez extension, something more productive.

    They won’t miss his -0.2 WAR entering today.

  34. I know the starting pitching has been the Reds Achilles heal this season, and I’m ecstatic about the thought of Castillo, Mahle, and Romano stabilizing some of these woes. But these last 2 games are the types of games where having a person who can get on base at leadoff matters, esp when you’re trying to compete. That’s why if the Reds try to compete next season or 2019, Price cannot be managing. His backwards approach could make the difference between playoffs and not. I’m just not sure what evidence during his tenure as Reds manager suggests to the Reds brass that he needs to be around after this season.

    • At some point in time I expect us to get beyond this yearly fiasco with the injury bug with our starters.We are seeing a very small sample size of what may happen and could happen if Homer,Finny and Disco are healthy next year.I can imagine we will be discussing just what you have mentioned Reds

  35. Bullpen piecing a nice game together. Have to wake up bats.

  36. Yes but the offense has been terrible the last two games.Adam and Billy both need a day off.Votto is no threat because Hurdle will destroy anybody that pitches to him today.He can see Adam’s bat is slow right now.

    • Even Joey is off. He twice struck out looking in the game Castillo started, both times taking 3-2 pitches.

  37. Were done for this one.Back to back games where the offense didn’t show up.How about this we have actually wasted some good pitching the last couple of days.

  38. Not a bad debut for Tyler Mahle with sorting the name of the game. Now if the Reds can keep him off the Louisville shuttle for the rest of the season.

  39. Isn’t this the third time today Duvall has come to the plate with runners in scoring position?

    This one is the charm?

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