Sun, Apr 5th 9:10pm EDT
By Brad Niehaus
Johnny Cueto takes the hill for the Reds on Opening Day (Source: MLB.com Gameday Preview)
Fantasy Impact: Johnny Cueto will take the mound in Cincinnati tomorrow afternoon, for what is all but sure to be his final Opening Day start for the Reds. Cueto is in the final year of his contract and looks to take the first step toward consecutive 20 win seasons. Johnny will match up with familiar foe and division rival Pittsburgh. Over the past three seasons Cueto has dominated the Buccos, he boasts a sub 2 ERA, an 8-1 win loss record in 12 starts, and notched 68 strikeouts in 89 innings. Johnny Cueto finished the spring looking sharp and appears ready for his full workload.
Cueto struck out seven Diamondbacks pitching five innings Wednesday in Arizona's 3-0 win over the Reds. Cueto's one big mistake was a three-run double to Yasmany Tomas in the fourth inning.
Fantasy Impact: Cueto appears to be rounding into form for the start of the season. The seven strikeouts is a good sign. He will be an unrestricted free agent this season which should give him plenty of motivation to have a great season.
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Bryan Price confirmed that Johnny Cueto returned home to the Dominican Republic for a family issue. He will work out at the team facility in DR while he’s gone. (Source: C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It is unclear how long Johnny Cueto will be away but with a couple of weeks before opening day, he should still be a safe pick to make his first start. It is worth monitoring this situation.
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Johnny Cueto will no longer utilize personal catcher. (Source: C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It was reported earlier this week that Reds ace Johnny Cueto will no longer pitch to a personal catcher. No reason was provided for the removal of Cuetos battery mate, but a look at the offensive production from the players who recently filled that role make it easy to speculate. Johnny was sensational in 2014 as he won 20 games and finished top 5 in both ERA and Strikeouts among all MLB pitchers. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, who recently inked a 4 year deal with the club, said he wants to catch 161 games this season. If he can provide Cueto the same stability behind the plate as prior offensively challenged catchers, the run support his bat creates will be applauded by a pitcher who ranked only 75th in run support last season. Johnny Cueto is in position to surpass the 20 win mark again in 2015.