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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Heisey’s walk-off avenges Reds’ Opening Day loss

Although he doesn’t get as low, Tony Cingrani reminds me a lot of Sid Fernandez. He slings the ball in a way that really makes it difficult for hitters to pick up the ball. That he’s sitting 93-96, only makes their task that much harder.

Cingrani went seven shutout innings. He allowed two hits, walked two and struck out nine. He threw 92 pitches, 57 of which were strikes. He’s made 19 starts in the majors. He’s never allowed more than five hits.

Cingrani, 24, is fearless. He attacked hitters all night.

“It’s confidence I guess,” Cingrani said, “doing it over and over. You get to that point that you’re more confident than the hitter in the box.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2014 at 02:03 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. hokieneer Posted: April 03, 2014 at 03:45 PM (#4678660)
1 run for the Reds in their first 2 games. How exciting.

   2. robinred Posted: April 03, 2014 at 03:51 PM (#4678671)
I can see why the Reds didn't want to give Choo the kind of deal that he got from Texas, but this seems to be one of those Captain-Obvious-everyone-saw-it-coming things: losing a .423 OBP and replacing that with Billy Hamilton, given the Reds' personnel, seems like it will basically kill the offense.
   3. cardsfanboy Posted: April 03, 2014 at 03:59 PM (#4678685)
Hamilton looks horrible up there. They have to move him to the ninth spot. They are killing themselves with him leading off. With his speed, even a .300 obp wouldn't be horrible, but wasting lineup spots with him and Phillips in the top of the order is going to cost them a fair amount of runs.
   4. McCoy Posted: April 03, 2014 at 04:01 PM (#4678689)
How many games have they played so far? Geez, let's wait a bit.
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: April 03, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4678734)
It's not like people thought Hamilton was going to be a good offensive player anyway. If he puts up an 80 ops+ it would be somewhat of a shock. The Cardinals want Wong to be our leadoff guy and Carpenter to bat second, but Wong has to prove it before that will happen... He doesn't get the leadoff spot just because of his speed. (Same with Bourjos)

(Hamilton 9 at bats, 6 strikeouts, and nothing hit past the first baseman)

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