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Johnny Cueto goes seven scoreless, lowers ERA to 1.94

Aug 11, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

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Johnny Cueto, who keeps straddling the innings threshold for the NL ERA lead, beat the Rockies by pitching seven scoreless innings on Thursday, lowering his ERA to 1.94.

Cueto missed the first month of the season with a strained triceps muscle, so he’s currently at 120 1/3 innings in the Reds’ 118 games.  Because he’s at one inning per game, he’s the NL ERA leader at the moment.  However, barring a stunning relief appearance, he’ll again fall below the innings threshold Sunday.

Cueto has a chance to make history.  Just one Reds pitcher during the expansion era has posted a sub-2.00 ERA.  That was Gary Nolan, who came in with a 1.99 ERA in 176 innings in 1972.  Before that, one has to go all of the way back to Dolf Luque in 1923 to find a Reds starter with a sub-2.00 ERA.

Also, no Reds pitcher has led the NL in ERA since Ed Heusser finished at 2.38 in 1944.  Cueto has a legitimate chance of ending that skid.  The NL’s next best ERA is a 2.48 mark belonging to Ryan Vogelgong.  Roy Halladay is third at 2.51.

  1. Utley's Hair - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Who’s he trying to kick in that pic?

    • jwbiii - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Dunno, but he probably plays for the Cards.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:52 PM

        Sweep the leg, Johnny!!

    • kiwicricket - Aug 11, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      Tough crowd UH. I thought that comment was pretty dam funny.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM

        Thanks, Kiwi. I think people just don’t like Karate Kid. Why? I have no idea. I guess it’s true—there’s no accounting for taste.

  2. saints97 - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    He’s been stomping the heads of opponents for over a year now.

  3. FC - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Just one Reds pitcher during the expansion error

    Well I have some quibbles with the current alignment, but calling the last MLB expansion an error is a bit much.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:25 PM

      Maybe Matthew is a contraction fan.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      Whoops. Thanks.

  4. spudchukar - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Or he meant “era”.

    • FC - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Obviously spud, have you no humor at all?

  5. okwhitefalcon - Aug 11, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Queto’s Favorites:

    Band: Dropkick Murphys

    Motley Crue song: Kickstart My Heart

    Method of temper tantrum: Kicking and screaming

    Soccer move: Bicycle kick

    Football play: Kickoff

    Running back: Jim Kiick

    I digress…

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    meet the “real” NL Cy Young winner but im sure the writers will screw that one up too

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