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Johnny Cueto is a complete game-throwing machine

May 15, 2014, 3:40 PM EST

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Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto just made easy work of the Padres’ lineup, tossing a complete-game shutout in which he allowed just three hits and two walks to lower his ERA to 1.25.

Cueto has completed three of his nine starts this year, which already ties his career-high set in 2011. Coming into the season he had a grand total of six complete games in 160 starts.

And here’s another crazy stat, via Elias Sports Bureau: Cueto is the first pitcher with nine straight starts of seven innings innings or more and two runs or fewer to begin a season since Harry Krause in 1909.

Cueto was limited to just 11 starts last season because of injuries, but when he’s healthy and rolling there aren’t many pitchers better. Dating back to 2011 he’s started 77 games with a 2.42 ERA in 506 innings, which is the second-best ERA in all of baseball during that time behind only Clayton Kershaw at 2.19. No one else is below 2.80.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 15, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Goodluck keeping him off the NL All Star squad this year….
    La Russa must be sick

  2. tyler200829 - May 15, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    BEST pitcher in the game right now with Kerahaw being out for a whole and just coming back and working to form

    • El Bravo - May 15, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Don’t forget that Tanaka guy, but I agree with you.

  3. El Bravo - May 15, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Johnny Quiznos.

  4. hoopmatch - May 15, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I like Cueto but wish he would cut his hair.

    • paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      I like you, but I wish you would change religions, have a mohawk, grow a long beard and get sleeve tattoos.

      • moogro - May 15, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        That would make hoopmatch…Brian Wilson?

      • paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        Ouch.

        That was an accident.

    • El Bravo - May 15, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Cueto is also a cornerback or the Seattle Seahawks. Look it up. You can’t, because you can’t read their names on their jerseys due to the long hair.

    • Donald - May 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      hmm, I wonder what that statement is all about?

  5. Nick C - May 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    The Kung Fu Coward is the only player in any sport that I wish injury upon. I hope his shoulder blows out and he never pitches again.

    • El Bravo - May 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Cards fan or perhaps Nick C is a code name for Jason Larue?

      • moogro - May 15, 2014 at 7:08 PM

  6. beepbeepbeeplgb - May 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    On the dl by July, guaranteed.

  7. ninthwardfriend - May 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Sampson had long strong locks of hair. Don’t fear the dread!!!

  8. miguelcairo - May 15, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    The guy is pitching at this caliber and you people are worried about his hair?

  9. nottinghamforest13 - May 15, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    The biggest piece of human garbage in the game. Far worse than Josh Lueke by any measure.

    • jm91rs - May 15, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      So you’re comparing kicking someone with rape? That takes a special kind of hate and a special kind of stupid.

      • nottinghamforest13 - May 16, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        When did he rape someone? There was no evidence to convict him of this.

      • Reflex - May 16, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        Josh Lueke raped a girl in a horrendous manner. There is no comparison between that and Cueto getting caught up in a on field brawl. I don’t excuse Cueto, but seriously, that wasn’t in the same class at all.

  10. jimmyt - May 16, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Make him pee in a cup.

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