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.
*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.
|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.
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?”