This is Obvious people!
Tony is Cuetos insurance plan to make it to the all star break. If Cueto is DL'd again Tony will be there, without having to punt with Villareal. We'll only see tony in tight games RP'ing. Cingrani is the best pitcher we have for replacement, we're chasing a Cards team that is showing signs of coming back to earth. After the break we'll shop for RP.
Watch me proved wrong this week.
Chip R (06-17-2013)
Just wondering, has Reynolds figured something out....looking at his numbers he has never done this well ESP at the AAA level. Also, would it be that bad for Galaragga or Reineke to have a start or two while Tony would possibly need sent down to stretch him out? Reds have blown a few lately with an undermanned pen, while I love reading a lot of Doug's posts and agree with him most of the time....put me in the camp of Tony in the pen for now. Again...really wonder about Reynolds....maybe he didn't opt out for a reason....maybe he is getting quality coaching leading to greater success.
This isn't an easy decision. I don't think Cingrani's development is the main point.
The main point is having Tony available to start if a rotation member goes down again this year.
Would use him in the pen, but longer stints with plenty of rest, almost like a starter.
Last edited by Kc61; 06-16-2013 at 10:13 PM.
I can't understand how some folks are so worried about the "roles" of the rest of the relief staff, and yet seem so comfortable yanking a kid like Cingrani back and forth between the rotation and the 'pen. Seems to me that shifting between starting and relieving must be much more challenging physically and emotionally for a rookie big leaguer than it would be for, say, a more seasoned vet like Chapman to face a few extra batters in the eighth inning.
If this is really an "all hands on deck" situation, why should we privilege one arm's development over another? Cingrani is a big part of the future of the Reds rotation, is he not? Seems like management would do well to handle him carefully. And if they are gonna risk his welfare in the interest of winning now, I'm confused why they wouldn't do that for others, too.
I'd much rather attempt to pick up a reliever in trade, then risk Cingrani's long term potential.
Wainwright, Price, Sale, Medlen.
It happens. It won't kill him. He gets a longer sample of big league life, might pitch a few tight games, maybe even a blowout where Price can gauge his secondary pitches.
This is a good thing.
Suck it up cupcake.