Mahle went five innings Tuesday night against the Padres, holding them to two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out six, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "I try not to think about it too much," Mahle said of waiting to see if he won a roster spot. "They're going to decide whatever they want. For myself, I like to go out and have good outings. It makes my life a lot easier and me a lot happier. I'm not too worried about what they're going to decide."
Injuries to Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Finnegan have opened the door for Mahle to try to win a starting job, and Mahle has marched right through. He has a 2.75 ERA with a 15:3 KBB over 19.2 innings so far this spring.
Mahle threw five shutout innings Thursday against the Indians, allowing two hits without striking out or walking anyone, drawing praise from manager Bryan Price afterward, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince reports. "He was sensational," Price said. "I don't think he could have done any better."
Mahle is getting a really good chance of winning a rotation spot, at least on merit from his performance last year and this spring. Working against him is his lack of extensive experience and that he has options remaining. But he and Sal Romano have done the most to win a rotation spot, with at least two openings present thanks to Anthony DeSclafani's oblique injury.
Mahle threw two perfect innings in his spring training debut Tuesday against the Brewers, striking out three.
Mahle has to have a great spring to win a rotation spot, in part because of service time considerations. But if he doesn't begin the season in the big leagues, there's a really strong possibility he'll get back up eventually. He certainly appears to be a better option than at least a few of the Reds alternatives, namely Robert Stephenson.
Mahle is expected to contend for the fifth spot in Cincinnati's rotation during spring training, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Mahle had a solid major-league debut last season, as he started four games and pitched 20 innings, over which he logged a 2.70 ERA. However, his lack of control (11 walks) contributed to a 1.50 WHIP. Fortunately, due to his performance in the minors, there's reason to believe that figure could fall. Between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville, Mahle pitched 24 games (144.1 innings) in 2017 and pieced together a 0.96 WHIP.
Mahle has been shut down for the rest of the season, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Reds will go with a rotation consisting of Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson, Jackson Stephens, Rookie Davis and Homer Bailey the rest of the way. Mahle, 22, has thrown 164.1 innings combined across three levels this season, building on his 150.2-inning workload from 2016. He had some issues with walks in four starts for the big-league club, but Mahle was solid otherwise and should be in the mix for a starting job in spring training.
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