I would simplify things: IF Cingrani kicks some tail in his next 5~6 starts, then I would put Leake in the pen. And turn him into a career long man. Move the weakest man out of the pen. Case closed. This would add some depth to the pen & lets face it, Leakes stuff isn't as effective the 2nd & 3rd time thru the order.
Pete Campbell: A man like you I'd follow into combat blindfolded, and I wouldn't be the first. Am I right, buddy?
Don Draper: Let's take it a little slower. I don't want to wake up pregnant.
1 down, 3 to go.
Don't want to jinx it, but if Cingrani continues to pitch as he did last night (and he has all season), something has got to give. Best case would be if Leake keeps pitching like he did on Wednesday as well- he'd have a lot of trade value, and the Reds would have a lot of options.
Leake to BOS for Ellsbury
Leake to SD for Venable and Hedges
My vote would be to put Cingrani in the pen and send Parra somewhere, anywhere.
Cingrani stays with the club to help a somewhat shaky pen. No telling what will happen with Marshall the rest of the season. Cingrani may be needed as a reliable left hander.
But I'm posting to object to the concept of "panic." Why is it panic to make a move and adjust early in the season? Can anyone fairly say it is a panic move to replace Chris Heisey?
Trading Jay Bruce because he hasn't hit RHP this month would be a panic move. Trading Broxton because he had one bad inning would be a panic move.
Trading or replacing a marginal player with a different player is not a panic move, but an attempt to improve now that the regular LFer is injured.
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Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
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Career splits by OPS;
1st PA .722
2nd PA .712
3rd PA .868
NL splits for starters last season by OPS;
1st PA .695
2nd PA .734
3rd PA .775