Originally Posted by Benihana
However, if Tony Cingrani looks anything close to as good as he's looked in AAA over his first 3-4 big league starts, there is no way the Reds can send him down after that, right?
These things always have a way of working themselves out. Even if Cingrani pitches lights out, he'll go back to AAA, where he's needed for when the next starter has to miss start(s), as it is almost guaranteed to happen. Last year's health was an abnomily. (Didn't they set some 100 year record, or something for most starts by five players in a season, or some sort of REDS' health record?)
It is likely that Cingrani gets at least 6 starts during this stint (or at least five if his spot is skipped as the 5th Starter).
Then, when Cueto gets back, he'll go to AAA, unless another injury happens or happened during Cueto's absence to one of the other four Starters.
Cingrani will be needed to stay ready to start at AAA for the next time the REDS need him.
My question to you:
Why the desire to make a move in April? The organization has spent the last seven years preparing itself for this season with extra emphasis placed during this last Winter and Spring for this season. It takes two months into a season just to get an idea of what kind of team you have, and even then you don't know what kind of season any of the individuals are going to have.
A Manager, and Dusty is as good as anyone at this, tries to use April and May for preparing the players he expects to use the most during the season, while being sure to mix in his subs with enough spot starts to prepare them for the Summer months.
Evaluations were made at the end of March. The next set of evaluations aren't made until June, simply because there isn't enough data to make honest assessments, and even then it's very limited data at that.
The Oakland A's would have never won any of their many, many division titles from the last 18 years if they had made evaluations on their seasons before June. Barry Larkin never would have started 60 games in a season if evaluations on him were made before June. Ryan Ludwick never would uave started 50 games last year if he was evaluated before June.
I appreciate Dusty's professionalism and seniority as a Manager. He knows that Heisey needs and deserves 80+ Plate Appearances in April and another 80+ in May to honestly allow him to develop into the hitter this team needs him to be this Summer. The same goes for Cozart. Hanigan is simply an outstanding Defensive Catcher and any Offense out of him is strictly a bonus.
When June 4th gets here, look at the state of the REDS. The needs will be more obvious.