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Johnny Cueto will not pitch in the Dominican Winter League, according to Giants manager Gabe Kapler.
It was reported earlier this offseason that Cueto would pitch for the Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican League this winter, which would have been unusual for a player of his ilk. Kapler mentioned that Cueto pitched through some minor injuires so taking some time off to recover this offseason is a more prudent move.
Johnny Cueto has plans to pitch in the Dominican winter league this offseason according to Alex Pavlovic,
This is an odd move considering Cueto's age and career earnings but given the fact the veteran missed significant portions of the 2018 and 2019 seasons and pitched poorly in 2020, it's not a bad move for him. Cueto registered a 2-3 record with a career worst 5.40 ERA to go along with a 1.37 WHIP and a 56:26 K/BB ratio across 61 1/3 innings (12 starts). Perhaps the extra reps this winter will pay off next spring for the 34-year old.
Johnny Cueto worked a quality start on Saturday but took the loss as he surrendered three runs over five hits with four strikeouts and one walk in the Giants 6-2 loss to the Padres.
Cueto was able to hold the Padres down until the fourth inning when he was tagged for three runs, including a solo home run to Fernando Tatis Jr. He notched his third quality start of the season but took his third loss as the Giants couldn't muster enough run support against Zach Davies and the Padres bullpen. The veteran right-hander finishes the regular season with a 5.40 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and a 56:26 K/BB ratio across 63 1/3 innings (12 starts).
Johnny Cueto picked up the loss on Monday when he allowed seven runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking three across 4 1/3 innings in the Giants 7-2 loss too the Rockies.
Cueto gave up nearly twice as many hits as innings pitched in this one with the majority of Rockies' RBI coming via singles. Kevin Pillar also blasted a solo shot and Sam Hilliard scored off of a balk. The veteran right-hander also issued three walks. All in all, it was a rough night for Cueto who now owns a 5.53 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and a 52:25 K/BB ratio across 57 innings (11 starts). He gets the Padres on the road in his final start of the regular season.
Johnny Cueto started Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Padres and allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks as the Giants lost 6-0.
Cueto was't sharp in this one and his defense did him no favors, either. He scattered seven hits and three walks but a Donovan Solano throwing error in the bottom of the sixth led to two extra runs. The 34-year old now owns a 4.78 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and a 48:22 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings (10 starts). He's not a recommended streaming option for his next turn against the A's in Oakland.