2022 Player Outlook
It was a career year for Mahle in 2021, as he went 13-6 with a 3.75 ERA across 180 innings pitched with 1.23 WHIP and a whopping 210 strikeouts. His increased usage of his splitter resulted in more ground balls, and his four-seamer had a run value of -10, which is quite impressive. DFS players likely are aware, but Mahle was a bigger fan of pitching away from his home park, as his 2.30 ERA on the road blew his 5.63 ERA at home out of the water. Can Mahle improve upon last year's 27.7 percent strikeout rate? It's possible, especially as he continues to perfect his splitter as his third option. Ideally, he pitches better at home, while continuing his dominance on the road. The Reds should provide plenty of offense for him, so even if his strikeout falls to about 25 percent, he could push for 15+ wins this season. Mahle should be a valuable arm in fantasy once again in 2022.