Player: Cingrani, Tony
Card: 2016 Topps Heritage #602
Anthony Michael Cingrani (born July 5, 1989 in Evergreen Park, IL) is a left handed pitcher who has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers for seven seasons. Cingrani was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round of the 2011 amateur draft.
He made his big league debut on September 9, 2012 against the Houston Astros. From his rookie season, through the beginning of 2014, Cingrani set a Major League record by making 20 consecutive starts allowing five or fewer hits. Overall, however, things did not go as well for Tony during his sophomore season in 2014. He pitched only 13 times for the Reds, including 11 starts, and finished at 2-8, 4.55.
In 2015, with a number of young starting pitchers, the Reds decided to move Tony to the bullpen, where they perceived they had a greater need, as their roster was shaky behind All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman. They felt that with his outstanding fastball and ability to pitch multiple innings, Tony could play a very useful role. Indeed, he started the season very well, with a 2.08 ERA over his first 11 appearances, although he sometimes went long stretches between appearances. He went on the disabled list with a shoulder strain in mid-June, and it was all downhill from there.
After being traded in July 2017, Cingrani pitched in 191⁄3 innings in 22 games for the Dodgers during the 2017 season, posting a 2.79 ERA. In the postseason, he made two appearances in each of the NLDS and NLCS, giving up no runs and allowing only a single and a hit by pitch. He appeared in three games during the 2017 World Series, allowing one run to score on two hits with two strikeouts in three innings. On May 4, 2018, against the San Diego Padres at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, Cingrani was one of four pitchers involved in a combined no-hitter as the Dodgers won 4–0 (the first no-hitter pitched outside the US or Canada).
On July 31, 2019, the Dodgers traded Tony to the St. Louis Cardinals. Tony is on Twitter @Grani_13.
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