Game 27: at STL

Reds lineup vs Cardinals

Choo 8
Cozart 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Paul 7
Mesoraco 2
Latos 1

*On Sunday vs. the Nationals, LHP Tony Cingrani became the fifth pitcher in Reds history to record four strikeouts in one inning. It happened in the fourth inning after one batter struck out but reached on a wild pitch. The other four pitchers to have 4 K’s in one inning are: Frankie Rodriguez (2001), Tim Birtsas (1990), Mario Soto (1984) and Joe Nuxhall (1959).

*The Reds are 3-23-2 in the previous 28 series at STL since the start of the 2003 season.


1 Comment

With Cingrani pitching so well, I can’t believe they would send him down when Cueto comes back. Instead, and until the league discovers his 4 seamer…or until he learns a quality 3rd pitch, I’d like to see Baker place Leake in the bullpen and assign him long relief. If Cingrani falters, Leake could step back in. If Cingrani continues his dominance, Leake would either remain in a long relief roll or fill in for another SP should the occasion arise. In any event, I would keep Leake as he has shown he can pitch in the bigs and after this season, Bronson will be gone. Who leaves the bullpen isn’t a very difficult question to answer; the least effective should be dealt with. If Cingrani doesn’t continue pitching well and/or doesn’t learn an additional out pitch, Baker could always return him down under in a heartbeat. Cingrani throws his FB 78.1% of the time. He knows how to throw a slider and change, but has not perfected those two pitches. Instead, he is developing a 11to5 curveball that he is capable of throwing for a strike. What makes his 4 seamer so leathal is his throwing motion where it literally comes out of his hat and is very deceptive. But how long can he throw it by MLB pros; that’s the question.

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