Re: Tony Cingrani Thread
Here is the logic most are missing. The Reds didn't think Cingrani was ready coming out of Spring Training. He still had things to accomplish in AAA. So are we to believe that he accomplished those things in 14 and third innings in AAA? He's come up and he's doing well with the things he does have, but it's working, IMO, because he's new to the league. Familiarity will catch-up to him unless he adds those other facets to his game that he was sent down to work on. The team could ride him for a while and he'd probably be a real asset for a couple of months, but then what? Another arm goes down, the league will have caught-up to Cingrani and he won't have the assortment he needs to adjust. After him, there is no one that I want to see making a start in this rotation and the team may be a starter short. I'm loving what Cingrani is doing now, but I want him for the long haul, not as some one pitch wonder who flashes hot for a month or two and then gets pounded.
The season goes, hopefully, deep into October. The Reds are going to need Cingrani at the end IMO. If that means he goes down for a while when the opportunity presents itself with the others all healthy, I say it's the smart play. If his other stuff comes along at the big league level and the team thinks he can adjust when he needs to, then by all means, send Leake to the pen and keep Cingrani in there. OTOH, if this is him getting by on one pitch, I think it's short sighted to ride him until it stops working unless they think he's ready to adjust. If they thought he was ready for that, why did they send him down to begin with?
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