Having too much good pitching? It’s a good problem to have and if you’re the Cincinnati Reds, it’s a problem you’re currently facing.
The 23-year-old Tony Cingrani has been nothing short of phenomenal during his first five Major League starts, compiling an impressive 2.89 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 37/7 K/BB line over 28 innings. However, with ace Johnny Cueto set to return from the disabled list soon, the squeeze might be on and Cingrani wouldn’t be shocked if he’s the one facing a demotion.
“Whatever they tell me to do, I will do,” Cingrani said. “Leake has been here for four years, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I go back down.”
With Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey all secure in their rotation spots, the Reds will either be faced with sending down Cingrani or Mike Leake, who has 4.32 ERA in seven starts this season.
Leake of course is a much longer tenured Red as Cingrani mentions above, though, he might not be the best for the job as Cingrani has plowed through every level he’s pitched at and it’s difficult to think he needs much more seasoning at AAA-Louisville.
Either way, even if Cingrani is sent back down, it’ll only be a matter of time before he’s back with the Reds.