Originally Posted by Brutus
Do you think perhaps the reason he's calling that many fastballs is because Cingrani isn't comfortable with anything else yet?
We know that Chapman's relying solely on fastballs was more of an organizational decision. It's possible they don't feel Cingrani is ready for other pitches yet. It seems you're so hellbent on downplaying Hanigan's influence, you'll ignore any other factor that might mitigate something.
I think you completely misunderstood what I was trying to say. I was actually suggesting that it was an organizational thing because of how "Hanigan called the game" today.
Mesoraco called a similar game. Miller called similar games (at the Major League level - in the minors to start this year, Cingrani was seemingly throwing a few more offspeed pitches than he has in the Majors).
I don't think it isn't some on the catcher, but I think it is on the organization even more so. They need to basically have a "if the catcher puts a sign down, you throw that pitch" rule in place. If Cingrani isn't ready enough to throw anything but a fastball in the Majors, he shouldn't be here. I doubt that the Reds believe the only pitch he can throw to Major Leaguers is his fastball. Something needs to be done in order to get him to mix things up some.