Mahle (2-4) earned a win and a quality start Friday against the Pirates, striking out eight batters across six innings while allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. It was a refreshingly strong performance from Mahle, who hadn't recorded a quality start in any of his first seven starts of the year. He allowed one run on a Ben Gamel solo shot in the first inning and another on a Ke'Bryan Hayes double in the third, but it was on the whole a very encouraging performance from the right-hander. That follows a start his last time out in which he allowed two runs on just one hit across five frames, though that outing also came against the Pirates. Whether or not he can keep that momentum going against a tougher opponent Wednesday in Cleveland remains to be seen.
Mahle allowed two runs on one hit and three walks over five innings in Sunday's win over Pittsburgh. He struck out six and did not factor in the decision. Mahle had lost his previous four starts and was in line to make it five before the Reds' offense took over in the sixth inning. The only damage against him was Michael Perez's two-run shot in the second inning. Mahle needed 106 pitches (63 strikes) to get through five frames. He'll carry a 6.46 ERA into a rematch in Pittsburgh next week.
Mahle (1-4) took the loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. He was charged with five runs (four earned) on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts over 3.1 innings. Willy Adames' three-run homer in the third inning accounted for most of the damage against Mahle, though the right-hander was inefficient throughout, needing 92 pitches to record his 10 outs. The Reds are now a disastrous 3-20 on the season and Mahle is pitching uninspired ball. He's taken the loss in four consecutive outings, and if he can't get on track soon, Mahle could end up on the waiver wire in a lot of fantasy leagues.
Mahle (1-3) took the loss to the Padres on Thursday, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out five. Mahle allowed a first-inning run but was able to settle down and scattered two hits across the next four innings. However, he surrendered a leadoff double to Manny Machado in the sixth and was taken out after walking Eric Hosmer. Both runners came around to score as the Padres notched a four-run sixth inning to reclaim the lead. After tossing five scoreless in his first outing, Mahle has allowed multiple runs in four consecutive outings and has taken the loss in each of his last three starts.
Mahle (1-2) took the loss to the Cardinals on Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out three. Mahle kept the Reds in it for most of the afternoon despite not having his best stuff. He got no help from his offense, and after Saturday's loss, the team's losing streak now sits at 11 games. Mahle's numbers leave a lot to be desired, especially after three earned runs were added to his April 12 line following a scoring change (error to base hit). History tells us his numbers will improve, but unfortunately it looks like Mahle will face a constant uphill battle, barring a trade.
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