The Reds wrap up the first inter league series of the season against the Twins this afternoon at Target Field at 2:10 EDT.
Mahle took a no-hitter into the seventh last Tuesday against the Braves before giving up a home run to Freddie Freeman. He had 11 strikeouts through six innings, a season and career high. Mahle’s issue has been having the endurance to pitch deep into a game. Twice he’s lasted six innings, and those were the longest of the season.
Mahle has given up 15 earned runs in 27.0 innings, but he’s also struck out 31 and walked only nine. While he hasn’t been able to last through the sixth inning, there is plenty to like about Mahle and he’s showing the Reds that he has what it takes to be apart of the rotation.
If the name Jose Berrios sounds a little familiar, you probably heard it in 2015 during All-Star Week in Cincinnati. Berrios was the starting pitcher for the World Team at GABP that season. That day, he pitched one scoreless inning, allowing only a leadoff walk, and he’s still pitching well. In 2017, he pitched a full season in MLB and had a 3.89 ERA with 139 strikeouts in 25 games started.
Berrios was the Twins first round draft pick in 2012. The Twins are grooming him to be their future ace, and right now he looks like he is on that path. His last start wasn’t the best as he gave up five earned runs in four innings to the Yankees, but he’s also pitched a complete game shutout against the Orioles this season. What has been most impressive about Berrios is his ability to command the strike zone. In 2017, he faced 616 batters and walked only 48. This season, he’s faced 120 batters so far in 2018, and has walked three. THREE.
The lineups for today’s game can be found here.
News and Notes
-Everyone breathe a sigh of relief.
Nick Senzel left the Bats game in Toledo with a jammed shoulder, initial results show no structural damage, source says
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 28, 2018
-Cliff Pennington is still in the Reds organization.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 28, 2018
The Reds will try for that elusive first series win of 2018 today, and I’m expecting a pitcher’s duel between two outstanding young pitchers. Of course this means it will be an all-out slug fest like Friday night.