2. Reds pitcher Tyler Mahle is a road warrior.
Tyler Mahle will be on the bump for the Cincinnati Reds tonight, marking the seventh different Opening Day starter in the last eight years. But, maybe it's a good thing that Mahle is making his 2022 on the road. Last season, Mahle didn't have the best record in the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park, the California excelled on the road in 2021
Mahle's home/ road splits are honestly something to behold. In 15 games at home, Mahle was 5-4 with a 5.63 ERA and 19 home runs allowed. On the road last season, the right-hander posted a record of 8-2 and owned a 2.30 ERA with 112 punch outs over 101.2 innings of work.
The Atlanta Braves had a better record on the road (.567) than at home (.518) last season, so that might bode well for Mahle tonight as well. The Braves are also without former NL MVP and five-time All-Star Freddie Freeman. Though Atlanta did a nice job replacing him with two-time Gold Glove Award winner Matt Olson.
Tyler Mahle needs to go deeper into games in 2022. The right-hander oftentimes struggled to put batters away in 2021, going to full counts more times than I care to remember. If Mahle can get through six innings tonight and not allow more than three runs to cross the plate, he'll have done his job and proven that a hostile crowd does not intimidate him.