Something’s got to give. Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tony Cingrani will have to face an angry St. Louis Cardinals team on Saturday. The Cardinals have scored 26 runs in their last two games after snapping a seven-game losing streak, but Cingrani might be the kryptonite to stop them.
The 24-year-old Cingrani twirled a gem in his last start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed just one walk and one hit in seven scoreless innings against a team who had won eight of their previous nine games. The Dodgers were hot, but Cingrani was hotter.
Cingrani also equaled his career-high in strikeouts with 11. Saturday will be Cingrani’s first career start against the Cardinals. His unorthodox delivery has been the key to his success this season. He releases the ball while still upright and has good deception. Teams have struggled against him the first time through the lineup which should make this meeting with the Cardinals an interesting one.
The Cardinals were in need of a wake-up call, and have now tallied back-to-back wins against the two other teams at the top of their division to do a little damage control since their skid.
Three of the four teams in the NL with 60 wins or more are in the NL Central, which means this division is unlikely to be decided until very late in the regular season. Every game between these teams has an added significance because they all feel like they could walk away with the division crown. This game will be no different.