Since being recalled from AAA Louisville, Tony Cingrani has been simply fantastic. He’s gone 3-0 with a solid 3.10 ERA and a 10.62 K/9 for the Reds. However, Mike Leake, the more proven of the two, has been even better. He’s gone 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA, which is influenced by him allowing 1 run or fewer in 6 of his last 7 starts.
So, as things stood, it seemed like Tony Cingrani had no place on this team, and that he would be relegated back to AAA to work on his secondary pitches. However, Dusty Baker surprised everyone by saying that Tony Cingrani would remain with the team as a reliever. This helps the Reds now, due to their bullpen being injury plagued (top setup men Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton are on the DL) and ineffective (with an ERA in the high 4′s.) Although nothing has officially been said, Cingrani figures to be either used as a long reliever or a top setup guy.
Tony Cingrani made his 2013 Reds reliever debut Monday night, pitching .2 innings while walking 1 and striking out 2. Cingrani also figures to remain a backup plan for the Reds should Mike Leake falter or if another Reds’ starter goes down with an injury.