My only concern is Rick Ankiel syndrome. But it seems Cingrani is mentally tough enough to handle the pressure of the playoffs.
Edd Roush (09-07-2013)
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Latos and Bailey are the top Reds pitchers and it isn't even close (with Cueto injured).
Ranked 4th and 7th in the NL in WAR. The next best teammates would be Lee and Hamels at 9 and 10. The next best playoff team is the Dodgers at 2 and 18.
I'm almost thinking Homer should start a one game playoff. So Latos can start game one of the next one.
If Cueto can get up to 60ish pitches, I wouldn't mind seeing a split game where Cueto throws 4 innings and Cingrani picks up from there. If Cueto is coming back as good as the reports are saying, the Cueto/Cingrani combo is another "ace" starter to add to the rotation
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I guess I am assuming Pitt still wins the division and we play StL in the wildcard.
In that case, I would want Latos to start in the sudden death game with Cingrani on standby.
Yesterday's game, Leake pretty much shut down the Dodgers other than 1 HR.
That's pretty darn impressive, as LA has won about 75% of their games after the AS break. It's a tough choice for sure. Tougher now that we've seen Cingrani pitch more. I could go either way, honestly.
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Latos, Bailey and Cingrani. Cingrani brings it, he is a lefty, both points in his favor. I'm not afraid to use Leake or Arroyo, I just think Cingrani adds a balance to the rotation for the playoffs.
The concern isn't that the player will be forever ruined, as what happened to Ankeil, but just that the rookie won't be able to handle the pressure and pitch a poor game. When every game is essential, that has to be a concern. We all saw what happened to the Reds their first time in the playoffs in 2010.
The whole rookie/veteran thing is overblown. Talent trumps it except in super rare situations like Ankiel.
I am much less worried about Cingrani throwing a poor game than I am about Arroyo or Leake getting hit around with their lack of swing and miss stuff.
Old school 1983 (09-07-2013)
I have seen quite a few players, rookies and veterans overwhelmed by the pressures of the playoffs. It's a completely different game than the one played during the regular season. Some can handle it, some can't.
I don't think it will be an issue for Cingrani, but it's certainly something to think about.
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