Mike Leake threw a very effective quality start last night as the Reds won with their C team in place. Baker cleared the bench of everyone except of course D Robinson…because he must have been saving him to pinch run in the 9th if needed…
Leake threw 6 2/3 innings and didn’t allow a run. The game had a boring feel to it overall. But that’s a good thing! When the Reds play a team like the Marlins, you WANT it to be a boring game. That means that the Reds are taking care of business as expected. The Marlins are rolling over as expected. They really are a terrible team. And I stand by my statement that the new stadium in Miami was the single biggest waste of money that I’ve ever seen in baseball. They were packing the previous stadium with about 5K people every night. Why did they expect to get 30K + in this stadium? I am not certain, but I think that there were equal amounts of Reds fans in the park as Marlin’s fans. Still that being said, the park itself seems like an interesting place. If you might recall, a close personal friend of the blog visited the park last year to witness a game and a MONSTER Giancarlo Stanton HR. Check out his review of the park.
Game 3 tonight. The weather for this series has been fantastic. The roof has been open more times in 2013 than it was for all of 2012. Mat Latos goes for the Reds and in his young career, he has never beat the Marlins franchise. Seems like a good time for that first win.
Cueto’s rehab went well Tuesday. He will be back next week and has been announced as the starter Monday night in New York. That would be Mike Leake’s next scheduled start. That only fuels the debate of “who leaves when Cueto is back?” The two obvious options here are Mike Leake (the starter who has struggled the most) and Tony Cingrani (the starter who came up when Cueto left).
First off, Dusty said after the game last night that Mike Leake is his 5th starter. No questions. Implying that Leake will keep his spot. Of course that’s easier to say fresh off 6 2/3 of scoreless baseball. It makes me wonder if Dusty was waiting to see the start last night to determine what to do. So it appears that it will be Cingrani.
Leake 3-2 3.72 ERA
Cingrani 2-0 2.89 ERA
But there’s more than just the numbers. Leake is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in May. He appears to have settled down. And his 3.72 ERA really isn’t bad! Remember that he is a 5th starter. He has done the job of a 5th starter and more. He has been effective. He’s eating innings averaging about 6 per start. Plus, the kid can swing a stick! I think Cingrani is ready. He is throwing very well. At times you can still see that he has room to mature into an every 5th day starter, but he has the talent. So does Tony go down? Or will Tony hit the bullpen. He can still contribute to this team.
To me, I want Tony Cingrani and Mike Leake starting every 5th day. Be that in Cincinnati or in Louisville. Both have options. So although each could help out this bullpen, I would prefer that whoever it is will be sent to AAA. No hard feelings and they are back at first injury or in September.
Heisey is coming back soon. So there’s another decision to be made. Donald Lutz or Derrick Robinson. You know my pick. I’ve been a huge Robinson fan and have made no mistake about it. But that being said, I would almost prefer that he is sent back to Louisville. Why? Because he’ll play every day there. Dusty seems to have an issue with giving this kid a fair chance in Cincinnati and he’s instantly fell in love with Lutz. So let Robinson head back and get some valuable PT. Not reflecting poorly on Lutz. The guy has performed well. He can swing a stick with power. He’s had a few good base hits. So either way, the Reds have a man in that position that can help off the bench.
Latos should dominate tonight. I hope to see him collect his 5th win of the season. The Reds now have the second best record in the NL behind St Louis. Don’t overlook that. This is a team who has yet to hit their stride and they are in good position to take a strong lead in the race to distance themselves from the pack.