Johnny Cueto SP CIN 2 Months

Johnny Cueto finished the first half on a high note, allowing three runs over six innings in a win over the Pirates on Sunday.

Cueto gave up five hits, including a Neil Walker home run, while walking two in the outing. He also struck out seven to run his season total to 141 in 143 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 10-6 with a stellar 2.13 ERA and 0.89 WHIP heading into the All-Star break, and he's won five of his last six decisions.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 2 Months

Johnny Cueto improved to 9-6 on the year after allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 4-2 win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

A pair of solo homers were the only damage against him. Cueto fanned four and walked one in the victory and now owns a fantastic 2.03 ERA and 134/33 K/BB ratio in 137 2/3 innings across 19 starts this season. He'll try to finish his first half on a high note against the Pirates on Sunday.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 2 Months

Johnny Cueto allowed three earned runs over seven innings Wednesday in a loss to the Padres.

Rene Rivera hit a three-run single in the bottom of the first inning to give the Padres all the runs they'd need in the afternoon victory. Cueto wound up striking out eight batters, but he got zero support from the Cincinnati offense as San Diego starter Tyson Ross delivered his first career shutout. Cueto will get the Cubs at home next.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 2 Months

Johnny Cueto allowed two runs and three hits over 8 1/3 innings in beating the Giants on Friday.

Cueto outpitched Madison Bumgarner to win his third straight decision and move to 8-5 on the season. You know you're having an excellent year when giving up two runs in 8 1/3 innings causes your ERA to rise (1.86 to 1.88).

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 2 Months

Johnny Cueto yielded three runs -- one earned -- while striking out eight over eight innings in Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays.

He gave up seven hits, walked one batter and hit another. Cueto threw 120 pitches in the outing and suffered a hamstring cramp while running the bases, but he gutted it out to lower his ERA to a league-best 1.86. The right-hander has allowed more than two earned runs in a start just twice all season. He'll try to keep it going next weekend in San Francisco.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 3 Months

Johnny Cueto got the no-decision, allowing two runs over six innings as the Reds defeated the Pirates 6-5 on Tuesday.

The Reds' bullpen was unable to help Cueto earn his seventh win, unfortunately for the right-hander. Cueto allowed seven hits, walked four, and struck out a season-low two batters. On his quest for an NL Cy Young award, Cueto now owns a 1.92 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and a 111/26 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Blue Jays at home in his next start.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 3 Months

Johnny Cueto was untouchable, tossing six shutout innings as he improved to 6-5 in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

The right-hander matched a season-high with 12 strikeouts. He also allowed only three hits without issuing a walk. Cueto has looked more human in recent weeks, but it's tough to argue his imperfection with what he did on Wednesday. He owns a jaw-dropping 1.85 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 109/22 K/BB ratio in 102 innings, which he'll take into next week's road start against the Padres.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 3 Months

Johnny Cueto took the loss Friday after giving up four runs over five innings against the Phillies.

It was his shortest start of the year. Cueto held the Phillies scoreless over the first three innings, but he gave up three runs in the fourth and a solo homer to Jimmy Rollins in the fifth. His ERA jumped from 1.68 to 1.97 in the loss. He'll look to bounce back next week against the Dodgers.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 3 Months

Johnny Cueto struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a 5-0 shutout of the Reds on Saturday.

Cueto was removed before getting a shot at his third shutout of the season, but it was a stellar effort from him after a couple of shaky outings his last two times out. He's now 5-4 with a 1.681 ERA. We're writing it out as 1.681 because he's the slightest of margins behind Jeff Samardzija's 1.680 mark for the major league lead.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 3 Months

Johnny Cueto surrendered four runs -- one earned -- in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Dodgers.

Cueto just isn't getting much help. He has had just one bad outing all year, that coming last week against the Nationals, but his record sits at 4-4 because of the poor run support he's gotten. Defense was also an issue tonight, with errors coming on both of the run-scoring plays that took place while he was on the game. Finally, the two men he left on base in the seventh came around to score off Manny Parra. Maybe Cueto hasn't been quite as unfortunate as Jeff Samardzija, but he deserves to be much better than .500 with his performance to date.