Mahle allowed two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk across seven innings during a no-decision against the Astros on Wednesday. This was Mahle's best start in more than a month, but Astros starter Gerrit Cole pitched just a little bit better. Therefore, despite the team victory, Mahle didn't log the win. Mahle did managed to drop his season ERA and improved his K/BB rate to 4.44. He remains 2-7 with a 4.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 80 strikeouts in 77.2 innings this season. The right-hander will make his next start Tuesday at the Angels.
Mahle (2-7) took the loss Friday, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks over 4.1 innings while striking out four as the Reds fell 7-1 to the Rangers. It was the right-hander's shortest outing of the year -- Mahle had lasted at least five innings in each of his first dozen appearances. He'll carry a 4.46 ERA and 73:17 K:BB through 70.2 innings into his next start Wednesday, at home against the Astros.
Mahle (2-6) allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks across five innings while taking a loss against the Phillies on Friday. The 24-year-old was cruising through four innings, but then in the fifth he yielded three straight hits, including a two-run homer to Jay Bruce. The other hit came around to score on a throwing error by Tucker Barnhart. Mahle has been inconsistent, but he's been better than his record, especially lately. He is 2-2 with a 3.99 ERA in his last six outings. Overall, Mahle owns a 4.21 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 66.1 innings this season. He will face the Rangers at home in his next start Friday.
Mahle won't start Thursday's series finale against the Cardinals following Wednesday's postponement. Wednesday's scheduled pitcher Anthony DeSclafani will instead take the mound for the Reds with an additional day of rest. The team has yet to announce when Mahle will return to the mound, but two scheduled off days next week means the Reds could operate without a fifth starter until June 18.
Mahle (2-5) earned the win after allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eight over five innings against the Nationals on Friday. Mahle's offense supplied him with five runs in the bottom of the first inning, and it was all he needed to come away with the win. He surrendered one run in the second, one in the fourth and another in the fifth prior to departing with a 9-3 lead. The 24-year-old right-hander desperately needed a solid outing following a start in which he yielded six runs over five innings, and he got one. Mahle owns a 4.26 ERA with 67 punchouts across 61.1 innings this season.