Make Leake the LF
Do you keep running him out there until everyone catches on or do you use the 5 solid guys you have while he goes down and actually finishes developing into the number 1 we think he could be? Even with Leake being a number 4 type who throws some stinkers, the rotation isn't a problem.
It will be hard to send him down though I agree.
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Ok, let's put this in perspective. Cingrani 28 K's thru 3 starts. How many K's for Steven Strasburg of the Nationals thru his first 3 starts? 17
Just enjoying this ride that Cingrani is taking Reds fans on......
I'm not here to say Cingrani is the second coming of Sandy Koufax but if he's pitching anywhere close to this when Cueto is ready to come back it would be a total dis service to this team if they take him out of the rotation. It's three starts but this young man is dominating hitters right now. The K's are insane. It could all go south and if it does the problem solves itself but right now Cingrani gives you a better chance to win than Mike Leake.
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Sending Cingrani down would be the height of stupidity. The question is not what to do with Cingrani; it's what to do with Leake.
I don't think it's a situation where he doesn't have secondary offerings. It's just that at every level his fastball has been his bread and butter and it has served him well. I saw him break off a few good sliders/curves today including a few for K's. He also threw a good change up to Bryce Harper.
Go with your hot hand. Moving Cingrani down to AAA would be a mistake. Whether his success is due to the league not figuring him out, or him being a lefty, or whatever the case may be, he's one of the best pitchers we have in our rotation right now, and you simply don't just "get rid of him".
Let him get his lumps in the majors, screw the minors.
If he keeps this up, I see a potential CY Young, Rookie of the Year winner for the reds.
Last edited by RedTruck; 04-28-2013 at 06:43 PM.
I don't want Cingrani to stay up with the Reds any longer than he has to. There's a real danger of him reaching Super Two status if he stays with the Reds for the whole season.
Let's reign it back in a little. Let the kid pitch for a little while up here.
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