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Johnny Cueto as a reliever would be interesing

Sep 6, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Johnny Cueto had a 3.33 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 41/14 K/BB ratio through 48 and two-thirds innings this season, but he’s been sidelined since June 28 with a strained lat muscle. He threw a bullpen session the other day which was described as “impressive” and looks poised to rejoin the Reds soon.

But he may do it as a reliever, speculates C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. If he did he could do what Tim Lincecum did for last year’s Giants team in providing a solid and potentially dominant long man which would give his manager an option if one of his starters had a bad go of it.

I’d be curious to see if Dusty Baker would be willing to think outside of the box like that.

  1. jm91rs - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I’ve heard just about every Reds analyst say he’d be a reliever when he got back. The more people say that, the more likely Dusty Baker does the exact opposite.

  2. thomas844 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    As dominant as the rotation has been, I would leave it as it has been all year. Cingrani has pitched most of the season, has done well, and is the only lefty in the rotation. If the Reds happen to make the NLDS, I would have Latos-Arroyo-Bailey-Cingrani as the rotation with Leake and Cueto in the pen.

    • theroc5156 - Sep 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      I’d have Latos-Bailey-Cingrani-Arroyo.

  3. joshfrancis50 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Dusty is chained to the inside of that box. No escape.

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