Injuries wiped out more than half of Tony Cingrani’s second season in Los Angeles.
What went right
Cingrani made a total of 30 appearances for the Dodgers in 2018 and didn’t allow a run in 25 of those. In 22 2⁄3 innings overall on the season, the lefty struck out 36 and walked just six to record the highest strikeout to walk ratio of his seven years in the big leagues.
In 15 games at Dodger Stadium, Cingrani owned a 2.13 ERA in 15 games and struck out 19 of the 47 batters he faced, with no walks.
What went wrong
The 29-year-old missed 97 games in 2018 with a left shoulder injury, categorized first as inflammation and then later a strain. Cingrani appeared in only two games after June 6 and recorded only one out against the four hitters he faced.
The initial trip to the disabled list in May was a brief eight-game stint designed for rest. The Dodgers hoped the rest would help Cingrani’s shoulder return to form, but when he came back in mid-May, it eventually got worse.
Despite allowing just two hits, a walk and no runs to 26 batters faced in eight innings from May 20 to June 6, Cingrani’s velocity had dipped three miles per hour. After admitting to feeling pain, the Dodgers placed their left-hander on the DL where he would stay until late September.
Age: 28 (turned 29 on July 5)
Stats: 4.76 ERA, 36 K, 6 BB, 19 hits in 22 2⁄3 IP, 30 games
Game of the year
Cingrani came into a tie game at Coors Field on June 3 against the Rockies, getting the final out of the seventh before pitching a perfect eighth inning, striking out two in the process. The Dodgers would go on to score three runs on Wade Davis in the ninth inning to take a 10-7 win.
Cingrani has five years, 88 days of major league service time and is entering his final year of arbitration before free agency.