2015 Reds, 1990 Score style: Tony Cingrani
This guy showed so much promise in 2013 as a rookie. Starting 18 games, Tony Cingrani compliled a 7-4 record with a 2.92 ERA, just two years after being drafted in the third round out of Rice University in Houston. Last year, though, the wheels fell off, and he hasn’t been able to fix it yet. What’s the difference? Could it be that Bryan Price was a greater asset to the Reds as a pitching coach than he is as a manager? Considering that the bullpen has been a travesty the past two years since Price was promoted to skipper, I think there is some merit to that. Price was a great pitching coach, and when his tenure as Reds manager mercifully ends, I hope he is able to latch on somewhere else in that position. He is simply in over his head, and has no clue what he is doing as a manager.
Back to Cingrani, he has shown some promise down in Louisville, and I expect him to be wearing a Reds uniform again before the season is through. In 22 innings, he has a 2.05 ERA. I hope when he returns to the bigs he is able to keep that ERA down and be an effective pitcher, whether he starts or comes out of the bullpen.