The headline says it all; the Dominican ace has taken a backseat to Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers.
Given, Kershaw has been a lot better than Cueto in spots, but most fans have not been following the year Johnny has been on.
In fact, he was able to get to fifteen wins faster than the reigning NL Cy Young winner. With an ERA of 2.06 and 191 strikeouts, Cueto is undoubtedly the number two candidate for the National League Cy Young.
Part of the reason that he may be lesser known now is because the Cincinnati Reds are not having the best of seasons.
It hasn’t been a particularly bad season for them (they are 61-65), but they are a bubble team right now and are not a clear cut contender for the post-season or a really bad team.
They’ve had their fair share of injuries especially to their star First Baseman Joey Votto and Second Baseman Brandon Philips, but this is where we come full circle to Cueto’s play.
If not for Mr. Cueto, you could definitely make an argument that this team would be a lot worse if not for him giving his ball club solid and quality starts.
We will have to see if he can keep it up going forward in the season as we still have to get through the rest of August and September. But you have to appreciate how good he has been despite not having the best hitting and run production behind him and it would be an absolute pleasure to see him get to the post-season.
And it would be especially good during this time where he has found a way to be healthy forthe most part. That’s it for now, for more MLB Baseball stick with GiveMeSport.