Tony's time to shine.
The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the 2017 World Series with a pretty significant advantage in the pitching department, yet they find themselves one Justin Verlander gem away from watching the Astros celebrate their first ever championship in Dodger Stadium. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has already nixed the notion that Clayton Kershaw, who started Game 5, or Yu Darvish, who's set to start Game 7, will be pitching on Tuesday night.
The Dodgers 'pen is flat-out gassed and, unless Rich Hill can power through at least six innings on Tuesday, they'll need southpaw Tony Cingrani to buckle down and keep this ship afloat.
Morrow exits the 7th without recording an out. Tony Cingrani, you're up.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) October 30, 2017
Acquired from the Reds at the trade deadline, Cingrani has been much more effective this season in Dodger blue. Though the postseason, the 28-year-old lefty has allowed just the one solo home run that Brian McCann smacked during Sunday's Game 5.
Brian McCann just homered off Tony Cingrani. It's 12-9. The Astros' offense is an unrelenting beast.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 30, 2017
Cingrani possesses the ability to swing three innings against this brutal Houston lineup and, with the way Brandon Morrow looked on Sunday night, Roberts will likely ask him to do just that. He's got plenty of experience as a starter, throwing up 18 dominant starts (2.92 ERA) in 2013 and 11 in 2014. He's the only man in the Dodgers pen who hasn't been fully exhausted or stretched out yet.
If the Dodgers want to force a Game 7, it's not going to be pretty; their season could actually fall into the hands of Tony Cingrani.