The Reds have released pitcher Jason Marquis, according to the MLB.com transactions page. Marquis was designated for assignment to make room for right-hander Jon Moscot earlier this month.
Marquis, 36, posted a 6.46 ERA in 47 1/3 innings with the Reds across nine starts. Though his 7.0 K/9 rate and 2.7 BB/9 rate are both markedly better than his career numbers in those categories, Marquis was very homer-prone. He’s also seen his typically excellent ground-ball rate dip back to about the league average, so the increase in the percentage of fly-balls against him that leave the yard has been magnified by the fact that he’s giving up fly-balls at a higher rate in previous years.
The veteran Marquis won a spot in Cincinnati’s rotation this spring when Tony Cingrani was shifted to the bullpen. While Cingrani has taken well to pitching in relief, Marquis has did not experience that same level of success in the rotation.
Marquis, a client of ACES, spent much of the 2014 campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery. He ultimately signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, but he also worked out in front of Reds scouts. He circled back to Cincinnati when he signed with the Reds in January, but his stay did not last through the summer.
For his career, Marquis owns a 4.61 ERA with 5.4 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 over the course of 15 seasons.
How exactly has Tony Cingrani “taken well to pitching in relief?” He has not looked good in his last few appearances at all. I know the W/L record is not viewed with kindness anymore, but an 0-3 record as a reliever says that you personally cost the team a win in three games. His ERA is benefiting from a good April, but Cingrani is not doing very well at all this year.
“Taken well to pitching in relief” suits the length of the article better than articulating a breakdown on a player that is incidental to the point of the article. Maybe some info just needs to be kept short and sweet. Marquis is released…there it is.
My issue is not with the in depth analysis. My issue is the incorrectness of that short and sweet statement. Brevity is fine as long as there is accuracy.
Oh, I totally agree…but I just take it for what it is….brevity generally means accuracy…. What snags me is when a writer takes a news piece and enters themselves into it…there’s a place for that…its in a commentary… Yeah…just take it for what it is…even print journalism has been on a slide
Cingrani is at 3.45 era…the whip is bombastic at 1.45…he’s walking guys like crazy…the 0-3 doesn’t mean as much to me…so…I guess he’s taken well in the sense of not totally imploding yet….until those walks sink it
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Wow who saw that one coming? Though I guess the Reds won 4 of his 9 starts, so it could have been worse
Time to think about hanging ’em up when you get cut to make room for the Mascot.