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.
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.