Domo Arigato, Here Comes Joey Votto
"I do what I want to do and say what I want to say."
It'll probably be Puig as a make up for not being chosen for the ASG and the fact he plays his games in L.A.
The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.
I think it's between Fernandez and Miller at this point. Those guys have both been phenomenal all year -- and are close to 3 WAR. Cingrani has been about as good, but for a shorter amount of time.
How could you not love this kid? He'll see some growing pains once the league gets more reads, right? Who knows. Like Doug said, if Tony can improve his control with time he'll be a monster for this team. But even now, he's pretty much untouchable in my book unless Giancarlo Stanton is on the table.
I try not to use terms like "scrappy" or "gamer", but you can just tell by watching Cingrani that he is gritty as hell. Tenacious.
Small sample, but his k/9 would be #1 in the NL against all other qualified starters.
That said, why is his stuff so untouchable?
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
I agree he must hide the ball really well. Also, he seems to me to have a really slow arm action for sitting at 92-94 most of the time. Some guys throw hard and look like they're throwing hard. Tony throws hard and his deliver looks almost of that of a soft-tossing lefty.
Deception, both in terms of hiding the ball and arm action, would be my guess.
Cingrani's minor league career ERA is 1.65. Yikes!
Zero chance the Reds miss the playoffs!
I put this in another thread last night, but it'd be more appropriate to put it here.
Interesting tidbit from ESPN Insiders notes, Re: yesterday's game.
*Tony Cingrani is the 1st Reds pitcher with at least 7 innings and 11 strikeouts while allowing no more than 1 hit and 1 walk since Johnny Vander Meer in 1941.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN
I'd also like to see him continue to develop his changeup. Hopefully Mario Soto will help him out there.
Really love this kid. He should be untouchable in trade talks.
Everything is perfect, but there is a lot of room for improvement. --- Shunryu Suzuki-roshi