Apr 28, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Cingrani executes a sacrifice bunt and displays that he is more than just an arm. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Reds v Cubs - 5/4: Starters, Lineups and Notes


The local returns. Tony Cingrani, born in Evergreen, IL and attendee of Lincoln Way Central HS in New Lenox, IL and of South Suburban College in South Holland, IL will see the playing surface at Wrigley Field as a professional. Just not as a member of the Cubs.

Cincinnati – Tony Cingrani

2013: 2-0, 1.50 ERA, 0.889 WHIP (3 games/starts)
v. Cubs: 0-0, 2.57 ERA, 0.714 WHIP (1 game/start)
at Wrigley Field: 1st appearance
Last appearance v. Cubs: 4/23/13 (ND) – 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 9 SO

The scuttlebutt says that Cingrani is a bit reliant on the old #1. Would 79% be considered too reliant? But if they can’t hit it, should it actually matter? If the wind is blowing out today, it might.

Cingrani v. Cubs Batters

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Welington Castillo 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Starlin Castro 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Hairston 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0
Cody Ransom 3 3 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 .667 .667 2.000 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Rizzo 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Dave Sappelt 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0 0 0
Alfonso Soriano 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 0 0 0 0 0
Darwin Barney 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Carlos Villanueva 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 25 24 5 2 0 1 2 0 9 .208 .200 .417 0 1 0 0 0
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Generated 5/4/2013.


Chicago – Jeff Samardzija
2013: 1-4, 3.35 ERA, 1.168 WHIP
v. Reds: 1-2, (17 games, 3 starts)
@ Wrigley: 11-9, 3.84 ERA, 1.350 WHIP (80 games, 16 starts)
Last appearance v. Reds: 4/24/13 (L) – 6 IP, 7 H, R, ER, 3 BB, 8 SO

You remember the last time Samardzija faced the Reds, don’t you? If not, maybe this will rattle your memory…

It’s just a flesh wound…

And then, this happened

Samardzija v. Reds Batters

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Joey Votto 17 14 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 .143 .294 .143 0 0 0 1 0
Brandon Phillips 16 16 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 .125 .125 .125 0 0 0 0 1
Jay Bruce 12 11 3 2 0 0 0 1 4 .273 .333 .455 0 0 0 0 1
Zack Cozart 9 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 .222 .222 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Todd Frazier 8 6 3 0 0 2 2 2 2 .500 .625 1.500 0 0 0 0 0
Xavier Paul 6 4 1 0 0 1 2 2 1 .250 .500 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Shin-Soo Choo 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Devin Mesoraco 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Cesar Izturis 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Mat Latos 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Leake 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Bronson Arroyo 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 81 72 16 3 0 3 5 8 21 .222 .309 .389 0 0 0 1 2
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Generated 5/4/2013.


If you’re wondering about the 2 round-trippers ToddFather owns off Samardzija, here’s one…

Starting Lineups

Reds   Cubs
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF   1. Dave Sappelt (R) CF
2. Zack Cozart (R) SS   2. Cody Ransom (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B   3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B   4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF   5. Starlin Castro (R) SS
6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B   6. Welington Castillo (R) C
7. Xavier Paul (L) LF   7. Scott Hairston (R) RF
8. Corky Miller (R) C   8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
9. Tony Cingrani (L) P   9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

Not surprising to see Dale Sveum has only one lefty bat starting, but it’s a good one to have in Rizzo. I know there will be some Reds fans wondering about Corky starting behind the plate. After his second start this season (which was against these same Cubs), Cingrani said he works “pretty well” the ‘Stached One. Just wonder what will happen there once Ryan Hanigan returns from the DL. He’s been swinging a bat and throwing.

BP is back, but we kind of expected that.

Notes
- First pitch yesterday saw a temperature of 41 degrees. Today, a bit warmer as the forecast show low 60′s for the day. May feel like a heat wave in comparison to yesterday.
- Having thrown over 30 pitches in yesterday’s struggles, one would guess that Aroldis Chapman wouldn’t be available today. Considering Johnathan Broxton threw a total of 7 and J.J. Hoover threw all of 4, those might be the options Dusty goes with for today, right? Wrong. John Fay tweets that Chapman is available. Doesn’t mean he’ll use him though or am I thinking up stuff again.
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  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Are you seriously making a nonsensical implication that Baker will force a complete game from Cingrani to save the pen?

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      You can make all the anti-Baker comments you wish. I simply choose not to be such a negative individual, that’s all.