As they say in a Jewelery District of any major city, Johnny Cueto pitched a gem. Well, any major city except Detroit. There they call a gem, "Slowly remove it from your finger, and no funny business!" Against the Pirates yesterday -- 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 12 Ks. Pretty much across the board for Cueto's career, I haven't been a fan. His xFIP has always been much worse than his ERA, and his...
Johnny Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the playoffs, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season.
Wednesday afternoon's 4-0 win over the Pirates not only gave Johnny Cueto a deserved victory with a three-hit shutout at Great American Ball Park, it gave the Reds their first series win in five tries. Cueto struck out a career-high 12 and didn't issue a walk. It was the fourth time in his career he has struck out at least 10.
It remains to be seen if he can replicate a 7.50 type mark over a full season, but if he can he should enjoy significant success. While he's hardly an ace, if you can acquire him on the cheap the reward far outweighs the risk. - Eric Stashin
I'm generally wary of smaller pitchers to begin with ( Cueto is 5-11, 215), and now there's over a year of physical problems to worry about. The name-brand remains strong, with an ADP around 139. An easy stay-away. - Scott Pianowski
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