Originally Posted by dougdirt
Cingrani has another start under his belt after tonight.
We knew he was fastball heavy coming in. His fastball is his bread and butter, no question about it. The amount of guys who can throw a fastball 80%+ of the time and continue to have success don't come around often.
So this thought went through my head tonight: At what point does some of this blame go on the Reds and on the different catchers? Ryan Hanigan caught tonight. One of his noted skills is "great game caller". He called 45 straight fastballs to begin the game and 59 of the first 60 pitches he called were fastballs.
When does someone besides the pitcher get some blame here? Cingrani has more pitches and even though they aren't as good as his fastball, they are good enough to use more than one time out of 40 or 50 or even 60. So when does someone decide to change up the routine of throwing 80-90% fastballs and mix in some off speed stuff 30% of the time for a game?
Bryan Price will likely continue to instruct Cingrani to throw 85% fastballs until the hitters start hitting them. So far his 85% fastball usage has been extremely effective, so why change it? If/when Cingrani's current "mix" of pitches begins to prove insufficient or his performance falters then I am sure the team will have him make some adjustments. Right now he is rolling so let it rip!