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Considered one of the best young arms in baseball, Jose Fernandez continues to impress for the Miami Marlins.
With Johnny Cueto sidelined, the Cincinnati Reds are expecting big things from 23-year-old Tony Cingrani.
Major league-worst Miami is hoping to have slugger Giancarlo Stanton back Thursday night as Fernandez takes the mound opposite Cingrani in the opener of this four-game set at Great American Ball Park.
After allowing one run and striking out eight over five innings in his big league debut April 7 against the Mets, the 20-year-old Fernandez (0-0, 0.82 ERA) dazzled again Saturday against Philadelphia, surrendering two hits and two walks over six scoreless frames.
"He's good. He's got good stuff," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told MLB's official website. "I was surprised he got his breaking ball and threw his changeup and got it over like he did. That impressed me as much as his fastball. His fastball is good. He's young. He's good. He's got a chance to be very good."
The Reds (8-7) believe Cingrani does, too. The left-hander will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to fill in for Cueto, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury.
"That's what the depth of the organization is about," manager Dusty Baker told the team's official website. "We're here to win ballgames and not see who the next rising star is, even though it's exciting. We want him to fit in like we hope he does."
In three minor league starts this year, Cingrani struck out a whopping 26 over 14 1-3 scoreless innings. He was pulled after just two innings and 45 pitches Sunday as a result of Cueto's injury.
Cingrani, the first Reds lefty to start since Dontrelle Willis on Sept. 29, 2011, compiled a 1.80 ERA and fanned nine in five innings over three relief appearances last year. He struck out three over 1 1-3 innings at Miami on Sept. 15.
"That helps quite a bit actually, because you know that you can pitch here," Baker said.
While Cingrani would appear to have a favorable matchup against a Marlins team that ranks last in the majors in runs (32) and homers (three), Miami could get a boost from Stanton, who's expected to return following a six-game absence due to a bruised left shoulder.
The slugging right fielder is batting just .167 with no RBIs in nine games, though.
"He should be good to go," manager Mike Redmond said. "We all know how important he is to this lineup. ... I'd love to be able to write it down, that this is our right-handed lineup, and this is our left-handed lineup, and let's go get 'em. We haven't had that. (Thursday), we hope that is the start of having a more stable lineup."
Miami (3-12), which has dropped 16 of 21 in Cincinnati, could have its hands full again Thursday.
Coming off a three-game sweep of Philadelphia, the Reds have hit .342 with runners in scoring position and outscored opponents 53-22 during a 7-1 stretch at home. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier both homered and Brandon Phillips went 2 for 2 with three RBIs in Wednesday's 11-2 victory.
"The only thing better than hits are more hits," Baker said. "It was a beautiful thing."
The Marlins concluded a 2-7 homestand by dropping two of three to Washington, including Wednesday's 6-1 loss. Placido Polanco finished 2 for 4 to raise his average to .327, but Miami went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
"Everything is magnified right now because we're not able to put a big number on the board," Redmond said.
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When one door closes, another door opens.
Such is the case with Johnny Cueto and Tony Cingrani -- the latter of which figures to replace Cueto's spot in the rotation once the time comes.
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Tony Cingrani will make his Major League debut tonight for the Cincinnati Reds against the Miami Marlins in Cincinnati. I will be in attendance thanks to an awesome deal on tickets through stubhub (section 134 for $9 – this section begins at $40.00 right now through Reds.com with their dynamic pricing).
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Jose Fernandez did not have his best stuff on Thursday and the Cincinnati Reds made him pay as he fell to 0-1 on the season. The final was 11-1 with the Miami Marlins losing by their largest margin thus far on the year. The loss moved Miami to 3-13 on the season keeping them on the same pace as the 1962 New York Mets for historic futility.
Fernandez looked like he was about...
The fans who show up to tonight’s game at Great American Ball Park between the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds will be in for a treat, assuming they are fans of strong, young starting pitching. For the Marlins, Jose Fernandez (20) makes his third big league start, while lefty Tony Cingrani (22) prepares for his first career start, although not his first appearance. Cingrani...
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Tomorrow Tony Cingrani will take the mound for the Reds. I will have up a “what to expect from Tony Cingrani” article tomorrow morning with a full scouting report. I bought my tickets this morning to go see the game which should be an excellent pitching match up between our guy and the Marlins super prospect Jose Fernandez. I can’t wait, just hope that the weather holds off...
Tony Cingrani mowing down Marlins batters.What a game that was yesterday! It’s amazing how a four-game winning streak makes you forget all about a five-game losing streak. It’s almost as if winning cures all.
Except for criticizing Joey Votto, but that’s lead to a fabulous new meme.
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Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Featured Game: Miami at Cincinnati, 19:10 ET
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Game Odds, Translated into Winning Percentages
Featured Game: Miami at Cincinnati, 19:10 ET
Regarding This Game, Its Significance
The significance of this game — or part of its significance, at least...
The Reds enjoyed a full season of healthy starting pitching on their way to an NL Central crown last season. This year is already a different story, though, as they'll have to do without their Opening Day starter for at least the next 15 days. Cincinnati placed right-hander Johnny Cueto on the disabled list Monday with a strained back muscle he suffered over the weekend.
MLB News: On Thursday the Cincinnati Reds recalled reliver Tony Cingrani from Triple-A Louisville, swapping out Justin Freeman for him. Cingrani gets his first major league start Thursday night after dominating Triple-A talent early on this year. Freeman, who was called up a few days ago had enough time to enjoy a quick cup of coffee and nothing else.
Fantasy Ramifications: Not that...
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Matt Adams is a big man. Matt Adams is a strong man. Matt Adams hits baseballs very, very far. His three homers in only five games and 18 at-bats this season have traveled an average of 417 feet. “The Mountain” is batting a ridiculous .611 this season with five extra-base hits. Adams’ playing time has been sporadic as the Cardinals...
Shin-Soo Choo singled, doubled and scored twice, helping left-hander Tony Cingrani get a victory in his first major league start, and the Cincinnati Reds won their fourth in a row, beating the Miami Marlins 11-1 on Thursday night.
The Reds' winning streak has featured stingy starting pitching. The 23-year-old Cingrani needed a lot of pitches, but kept up the trend.