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Mahle was 1-1 with a 4.56 ERA in seven appearances in spring training. He made three starts. Last September, when he made his big-league debut, he provided hope for a young pitching staff looking for someone to step up. In four starts, he was 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA.
Mahle had two scoreless outings last season against the Pirates and Cardinals, but considering he allowed only one hit in this game and struck out seven, this goes down as the best start of his young career.
“I was able to locate my fastball really well,” Mahle said. “The slider and change-up came along in the last couple of innings, but for the most part, I was able to take over the game with my fastball.”
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Most importantly, Mahle helped the Reds (1-3) get in the win column after being swept by the Washington Nationals in the first series of the season.
“It was huge,” Mahle said. “It was going to happen regardless. I’m glad it could happen on a night I started. So many guys helped contribute, playing great defense, and the relief pitchers came in and did a great job. It was an all-around team win even though it was only 1-0.”