The Reds shut down rookie right-hander Tyler Mahle for the rest of the 2017 season, per a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans. There’s nothing sinister here, just a rookie who hit his innings limit for the season. Mahle finished a brief run in the big leagues with a 2.70 ERA, 5.0 BB/9 and 6.3 SO/9 in his first 20 innings, ending on a high note after tossing five scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old righty contracted a mild case of the jitters after making the jump to the majors, but the control issues that plagued him in September don’t appear to be a chronic problem. Prior to his call-up, Mahle touted a 2.73, 2.0 BB/9 and 7.7 SO/9 with Triple-A Louisville, and his numbers were even better in Double-A. He accumulated 164 1/3 innings across all three levels, which likely made the decision to shut him down an easy one for the Reds. Given his poise and results on the mound, however, there’s no reason to think he won’t be in the mix for a rotation spot next spring.
In the meantime, the club will roll with a rotation featuring Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson, Jackson Stephens, Rookie Davis and Homer Bailey. Heading into Saturday’s set against the Pirates, Reds’ starters rank second-to-last in the league with a collective 5.67 ERA and 1.9 fWAR. They’ll go for their 65th win of the season at 4:10 ET.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.