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Johnny Cueto becomes first in majors to reach 15 wins

Aug 16, 2014, 9:34 AM EDT

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Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto allowed just two runs over eight innings in a 3-2 victory over the Rockies last night at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. In doing so, he became the first pitcher in the majors to reach 15 wins this season.

Cueto gave up six hits and two walks while striking out six batters. The 28-year-old has now allowed two earned runs or fewer in six consecutive starts and hasn’t lost a start since July 2.

After being limited to just 11 starts last season due to injury, Cueto has compiled a 2.06 ERA over 26 starts this season while putting up the best strikeout (9.0 K/9) and walk rates (2.3 BB/9) of his career. His exploits are especially impressive when you consider that he makes half of his starts in the hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw still deserves to be the favorite for the National League Cy Young Award, but Cueto isn’t too far behind him.

  1. bux1022 - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Who cares. It would have been Tanaka if he didn’t get injured. And he would have did it a month ago!!

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      Him and Darvish… If only the Rangers didn’t suck this season and perform like they always do years back ago.

    • stex52 - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Yeah, and it would have been Nolan Ryan, except he’s old.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        yeah, due to Nolan being old… he’d only be the 3rd or 4th starter and they’d limit him to only 120 pitches a game and they’d tell him to keep it down around 95 mph or so

        27 YEARS in the bigs and he didn’t have to change and become a finesse pitcher when he lost his heat…

  2. nolasoxfan2012 - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    His ERA so far this season is 2.06, not 2.86.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      yep, good catch. i didn’t have his ERA memorized but it struck me as odd when i read 2.86 and was gonna look it up bu you beat me to it.

      and as far as kershaw winning the Cy Young, he IS the best pitcher in the game bar none but he is way behind in innings pitched to Cueto, enough in my mind to make johnny the winner and clayton #2.

      that’s right now as clayton’s lead in the metrics isn’t enough in my mind to overcome the difference in innings.

      we’ll see how they both end the season up though.

      • erbaodai - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        How about a .225 BABIP for Cueto? That 50 points below his career norm. Plus the Reds got the best defense in NL.

        And Cueto leading in innings in not really a good thing. Look at his history of injury, he could blow his arm out by his next start.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 16, 2014 at 6:01 PM


        it’s ONLY about THIS season. no worries about his career averages in ANYTHING.

        the vote is for what a pitcher does THIS season.

        think of it this way. Cueto has about a 50 inning advantage. Now, when a pitcher like Kershaw or Cueto doesn’t take the mound, someone else has to obviously. They are their teams number 1 pitcher and if the teams #2 to #5 pitchers are healthy, they’re still in the rotation so the team has to go to a long middle relief pitcher or call up a guy from AAA or AA, someone to take the mound when they can’t.

        at around 7 innings a start for an average (7 times 7 is 49 which is basically the 50 inning difference).

        Now, take a #6 starter or a long middle reliever and give him 7 starts at 7 innings per time on the mound when Kershaw was out with his injury.

        Cueto was on the mound all of those 7 times.

        Kershaw’s lead in stats has to be enough to OVERCOME the gap in fewer innings pitched.

        His ERA lead is .30 runs per 9 innings better. LESS than a third of a run.

        Cueto has taken the mound 7 times for 7 innings each more than Kershaw and he’s done it with stats are very close to Kershaw’s.

        Kershaw’s WHIP is lower. He keeps 0.05 more batters off base than Cueto.

        Well, Kershaw did NOT keep those batters off base when he wasn’t on the mound.

        if he does blow out his arm, he does.

        What does that have to do with his stats up to now? when his arm ISN’T blown out?

        Cueto and his very good stats have taken the mound a lot more and he’s faced a lot more batters and gotten many more outs for his team than Kershaw.

        Injured or not, there are 162 9 inning games and 27 outs in each (except for leading in the 9th at home).

        SOMEBODY has to be on the mound to get those outs and Cueto has been on the mound and gotten a lot more outs for his team than Kershaw.

      • erbaodai - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        I think you confused pitcher’s outs and defense outs. Cueto did not make more outs than Kershaw, according to both Baseball-reference and Fangraphs. His defense made these outs, he didn’t. His FIP is a full run worse than Kershaw’s, that’s a HUGE difference, a difference that overcomes any gap in innings between these two.

    • D.J. Short - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Yep, my bad on that. Just a typo. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  3. baccards - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Perhaps he can kick his way to the Cy Young…do the Reds play the Dodgers again?

    • jm91rs - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Hilarious AND original

      • baccards - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Yeah, I know…even I gave myself a thumbs down. It has been 2 years. – just hard to get over his lack of taking responsibility for his actions and lack of remorse, I guess. Probably related to Dusty Baker’s leadership style, but regardless some actions are hard to forget and forgive.

      • baccards - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Oops – mistype – I know it was 4 years, not 2

  4. phillysports1 - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Don’t hate on the kid, he’s a GREAT pitcher.

    • Old Gator - Aug 16, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Which excuses his thuggish behavior?

      • HFS Richard - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        4 years ago while literally backed against a brick wall….. In a fight that he did not start he kicked a guy in the head. Look I won’t make excuses, or try to rationalize it as right but context and time should win out here.
        No one has accused him of “thuggish” behavior before that incident or after that I’m aware of. So no him being a good pitcher should not “excuse his thuggish behavior” a lack of thuggish behavior should excuse his thuggish behavior.
        Jason Larue was a former red many still hold in high regard no one wanted to see it happen to him, and no one was happy it happened to him. But if you aren’t Mr Larue or a direct relative there is no reason to hold a grudge against Johnny now 4 years later.

  5. ohiobears - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM


    Shoulda woulda coulda


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