Originally Posted by dougdirt
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?
I think at the major league level, the priority is to win the game. The heavy FB strategy is working, so I can see why they want to do it.
We'd all be less happier if Cingrani threw 30% offspeed pitches and and got hammered and strained the bullpen.
Once Cingrani is sent to AAA, I wholeheartedly agree.. he needs to use his secondary pitches a lot more frequently. Blowing away minor league hitters with his FB isn't going to teach him anything. In fact, this is a strong reason to demote him when Cueto comes back.
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