Johnny Cueto SP KC 4 days ago

The Cincinnati Reds announced Sunday that they traded starting pitcher Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitchers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Cueto will become a free agent after this season, and it is unlikely he returns to Kansas City given their limited financial resources. He continues to be one of the more dominant pitchers in baseball, as he has not posted an earned-run average higher than 2.82 since the 2010 season. His 2.62 ERA this season is the ninth best mark in the National League, while his 120 strikeouts rank 12th, however, he is just 7-6 in 19 starts. The move to Kansas City also gives Cueto a great shot at making the postseason, as the Royals are 58-34, 6.5 games ahead of the Minnesota Twins for first place in the American League Central, whereas the Reds are 43-52, 19 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.

Johnny Cueto SP KC 4 days ago

The Cincinnati Reds agreed to trade starting pitcher Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, according to Fox Sports. Cueto was told he had been traded prior to Saturday's start, but he pitched through the distraction with eight shutout innings against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. He continues to be one of the more dominant pitchers in baseball, as he has not posted an earned-run average higher than 2.82 since the 2010 season. His 2.62 ERA this season is the ninth best mark in the National League, while his 120 strikeouts rank 12th, however, he is just 7-6 in 19 starts. The move to Kansas City also gives Cueto a great shot at making the postseason, as the Royals are 58-34, 6.5 games ahead of the Minnesota Twins for first place in the American League Central, whereas the Reds are 43-52, 19 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.

Johnny Cueto SP KC 3 weeks ago

Cueto threw just five innings on Sunday, giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk in an 8-1 loss to the Marlins.

He also struck out two batters. The righty struggled to find any rhythm on the mound, throwing just 68 pitches before being removed from the contest. While Cueto's start against the Marlins wasn't great, he's been one of the best pitchers in the National League, ranking in the top ten in earned-run average, innings pitched and strikeouts. The 29-year-old will look to improve upon his 2.73 ERA after the All-Star break.

Johnny Cueto SP KC 3 weeks ago

Cueto will make his regularly scheduled start Sunday against the Marlins despite Wednesday's rainout, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Reds had planned to call up David Holmberg to start Thursday in place of the demoted Josh Smith, but instead the Reds will just skip that spot and keep their other starters on their regular turn.

Johnny Cueto SP KC 3 weeks ago

Cueto threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Nationals on Tuesday to earn his sixth win of the season. He struck out 11 batters and walked one.

Manager Bryan Price let Cueto take the ninth although he was already at 111 pitches, and Cueto rewarded the skipper for his trust, retiring the side in order on 11 pitches. The 11 strikeouts set a new season high, and marked the first time he's recorded double-digit strikeouts since Apr. 17. In his last four starts, Cueto has given up a total of 11 hits, with an 29:7 K:BB over that span.

Johnny Cueto SP KC 1 month ago

Cueto struck out eight and walked one while holding the Twins to one run on four hits over eight innings in a winning effort Wednesday afternoon.

With the non-waiver trade deadline looming at the end of the month, Cueto continues to put up excellent numbers at the front of the Cincinnati rotation. Through 15 starts, he's now carrying a 2.84 ERA supported by a 100:20 K:BB over 104.2 innings. Cueto will face the Nationals on the road Tuesday in his next scheduled start.

Johnny Cueto SP KC 1 month ago

Cueto allowed two runs on two hits, walking three and striking out six over six innings of a 2-1 loss to the Mets on Friday night.

Cueto (4-5, 2.98 ERA) was pitching on eight days rest as the team decided to give him some extra time between starts to get past a bit of tenderness in his pitching elbow. He wasn't as sharp as usual, needing 112 pitches (just 67 for strikes) to cover six innings, and the eventual winning run came in after he walked three consecutive hitters following a triple in the fifth inning. Still, a 112 pitch outing would suggest the elbow is no longer a concern, and he will likely get back in a groove once he returns to his normal routine between outings.

Johnny Cueto SP KC 1 month ago

Cueto (elbow) has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Friday's game against the Mets.

Manager Bryan Price indicated that Cueto could have pitched Tuesday, but the club wanted him to rest his elbow a bit more. He will return to the mound Friday, however, and there's been no indication that he will be on any sort of pitch count.

Johnny Cueto SP KC 1 month ago

Manager Bryan Price said Cueto could have pitched Tuesday but the club wanted to get him more rest for his elbow, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The elbow wasn't mentioned in initial reports regarding the Reds' decision to skip Cueto on Tuesday, but it seems the team feels he's still not quite 100 percent. Cueto battled some elbow discomfort toward the end of last month, which resulted in him missing a turn in the rotation, but an MRI was negative and the club seems adamant that they are just taking all the necessary precautions with the 29-year-old.

Johnny Cueto SP KC 1 month ago

Cueto will have his start skipped Tuesday in order to get some extra rest, MLB.com reports.

The Reds did not say much about the decision other than noting that the goal is to give Cueto some extra rest, and it was not specified whether or not he's dealing with some type of injury. Josh Smith will come up from Triple-A Louisville to get the start Tuesday against the Pirates with Mike Leake going Wednesday and Anthony DeSclafani on Thursday. Cueto will return to the mound Friday when the Reds open a series with the Mets in New York.