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Tony Cingrani is in the midst of an odd streak

Apr 13, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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Reds starter Tony Cingrani allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings today in what was an otherwise boring game (aside from that odd double play in the second inning). Cingrani, though, only allowed five hits, continuing a trend in which he hasn’t allowed more than five hits in any of his 21 career starts. According to Sean Lahman, of database fame, that hasn’t been done in 100 years.

Cingrani, 24, has gone at least five innings in 16 of his 21 starts, so the lack of offense isn’t for a dearth of opportunities. The lefty has enjoyed plenty of success early in his career despite using his fastball for a higher percentage of his pitches than anyone else in baseball except for Bartolo Colon since the start of the 2013 season (min. 100 innings). Over 127 innings, Cingrani has a 2.83 ERA and 149 strikeouts.

  1. braddavery - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    That’s pretty amazing.

  2. jm91rs - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    It’s crazy that he had a few 4 inning outings and still only managed 5 or fewer hits despite a “poor” outing. The guy is definitely pitching well so far in his big league career.

  3. lostsok - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    Wicked movement on his fastball. Sick, nasty, evil stuff…

  4. stoutfiles - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Reds could be 8-4 instead of 4-8 if their offense would show up more often. Lot of one run losses.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Huge amount of (1) run losses to be sure. Part of that is also a result of a brutal schedule this Month and poor baserunning. As JM stated on a previous thread…seems you guys give up at least one out on the bases every game.

  5. timmmah10 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    I’m a little tentative to call this amazing. How many of these games has he gone over 6 innings?

    He is not economical with his pitch count at all, therefore faces fewer batters, therefore less chance of hits.

    His stuff is good, but right now he’s a thrower, not a pitcher.

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