Reds’ Johnny Cueto is majors’ best pitcher, does his best work in the daytime

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Johnny Cueto appears to have super powers. How else do you explain the pitcher who leads the majors in strikeouts (76), ERA (1.25) and WHIP (0.708)? Did I mention he is also the first pitcher in more than 100 years (1909) to start the season by appearing in at least seven innings while allowing two or fewer runs in his first nine starts of the season?

Just look at his performance from last night, when he threw his third complete game of the season (and his league-leading second shutout) while striking out eight, walking two and allowing just three hits to the Padres.

“I think there’s been games where he’s been sharper, but he kept making pitches,” Reds Manager Bryan Price said.

Cueto looked pretty sharp in the sixth inning, when he threw 14 pitches, 11 for strikes (red boxes):

Source: statlas

Heck, Cueto has looked sharp all season, with his off-speed pitches all but unhittable this year.

But despite his super powers, Cueto is most definitely not a vampire, as he is doing much better in day games this season:

Wins Losses ERA K/9 K/BB Ratio OPS Against
Night 2 1 1.97 7.9 3.11 0.501
Day 2 1 0.68 10.8 5.33 0.394

“That guy — he needs to start getting some national attention,” Reds shortstop Zack Cozart said.

And some Cy Young attention as well.

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.



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