In the modern day of Major League Baseball, it's incredibly rare to see a starting pitcher go the distance.
Pitchers today are throwing harder than ever, leading to more negative effects on the arm and, in turn, more injuries occur. It seems like nearly every year the number of Tommy John surgeries performed continues to escalate.
Last year, only four pitchers (Sandy Alcantara, Framber Valdez, Aaron Nola, and Nathan Eovaldi) threw more than one complete game. This season, to date, only Eovaldi has hit thrown nine innings more than once. So who was the last Cincinnati Reds player to throw nine innings in a game?
Tyler Mahle was the last Reds pitcher to throw complete 9 innings.
On June 14th, 2022 in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tyler Mahle fired nine shutout innings, striking out 12 D-backs hitters.
Mahle wasn't known for going too deep into games, as he often fell behind hitters, or worst yet, got a head in the count and was unable to put batters away. But during this game, Mahle fired 119 pitches in nine innings, with just 36 of those pitches missing the strike zone.
Mahle dominated the Diamondbacks in this game, but still wasn't able to record his first career-complete game, as the contest went into extra innings due to a stagnant performance from the Reds bats and a great performance from Diamondbacks pitching staff.
Oddly enough, six of the nine hitters who were part of David Bell's starting lineup that day, as well as the starting pitcher, are no longer a part of the Reds organization. The Reds have completely redone their roster, and are turning to the young guns to lead the way into the future.
The current Cincinnati Reds pitching staff has shown flashes of ability to be dominant, but they haven't shown the ability to consistently pair dominance with keeping their pitch count low enough to go all nine inning. That said, both Andrew Abbott and Hunter Greene are good candidates to hit this mark in the future.