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Johnny Cueto | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/15/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Johnny Cueto will miss his scheduled start on Sunday due to elbow stiffnesss.
Cueto believes that it's a minor issue and that he should only miss the one start. Raisel Iglesias will start in his place on Sunday against the Indians. If he indeed misses just the one start, he'll work next Saturday against the Nationals. May 23 - 1:51 PM

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Johnny Cueto's scheduled start on Sunday has been pushed back.

Raisel Iglesias will start in Cueto's place against the Indians on Sunday. Cueto has been bothered by general stiffness since his last start, but doesn't appear to be a major issue. It's unclear if he'll just be pushed back one day until Monday, or if he'll work later in the week.
May 23 - 11:10 AM

Johnny Cueto allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Cueto was uncharacteristically hittable in the loss, allowing nine hits while striking out just four. The loss dropped him to 3-4 despite a strong 3.03 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. He'll attempt to get back in the win column Monday against the Rockies.
May 19 - 11:12 PM

Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News reports that the Blue Jays and Padres were among 20 teams that had scouts at Johnny Cueto's start on Thursday versus the Giants.

Cueto won't negotiate an extension with the Reds during the season and it's looking like a given that he'll depart as a free agent next winter. Thus, with the Reds probably a long shot for the playoffs this season, they seem likely to use the righty as a big trade chip in July. Obviously there will be plenty suitors, and Cueto has certainly done nothing to hurt his value with a 2.93 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in his first eight starts.
May 15 - 1:42 PM

Johnny Cueto struck out nine while allowing two runs over seven innings Thursday against the Giants.

Cueto left with a one-run lead, but the pen couldn't hold it. His record remained at 3-3 despite a 2.93 ERA and an extra impressive 0.91 WHIP in eight starts. He'll face the Royals next time out.
May 14 - 10:42 PM

Johnny Cueto yielded four earned runs but pitched into the ninth inning as the Reds took the first half of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

Cincinnati needed Cueto to eat some innings in the early game, and that's exactly what he did. Chicago plated three of its four runs in the bottom of the ninth but couldn't catch up to the Reds' 10-spot. Cueto, who's set to become a free agent in the fall, is now 3-3 on the season with a 2.98 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 47/8 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings. He could be on the move at some point this summer.
May 9 - 8:06 PM

Johnny Cueto fell to 2-3 on the season after yielding five runs in six innings to the Braves on Sunday.

The Braves jumped on Cueto early, scoring three times: once on a Freddie Freeman double and twice on a Kelly Johnson home run. Jonny Gomes swatted a solo home run in the third, and Cameron Maybin tacked on the Braves' fifth run with a single in the sixth. Cueto, overall, gave up nine hits and a walk while striking out only two. The right-hander has otherwise been terrific this season and still carries a 2.72 ERA with a 0.86 WHIP and a 40/6 K/BB ratio in 43 innings. He will try to redeem himself when he travels to Chicago to take on the White Sox in his next outing.
May 3 - 4:19 PM

Johnny Cueto held the Brewers to two runs over eight innings of work in Tuesday to earn his second win of the season.

Both runs came on solo home runs. Aramis Ramirez took him deep in the fifth and Ryan Braun went yard in the seventh. They accounted for two of the mere three hits the right-hander allowed, along with zero walks and six strikeouts. Last season's runner-up in NL Cy Young balloting, Cueto owns a terrific 1.95 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP, and a 38/5 K/BB ratio in 37 innings. He'll take on the Braves in Atlanta in his next start.
Apr 28 - 9:26 PM

Johnny Cueto threw a career-high 125 pitches and allowed one run over eight innings in earning his first win Wednesday against the Brewers.

Cueto and Jimmy Nelson ended up with identical lines, but Cueto got the win after the Reds scored in the top of the ninth. Cueto struck out eight and lowered his ERA to 1.86.
Apr 22 - 11:16 PM

Johnny Cueto struck out 10 batters, but gave up four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Friday.

Cueto held the Cardinals to just one run over the first six innings, but he got into some trouble in the seventh before intentionally walking Jon Jay to load the bases. Yadier Molina then hit a bases-clearing double. That was the ballgame. This was the ninth double-digit strikeout game of Cueto's career. He'll attempt to get back in the win column next week against the Brewers on the road.
Apr 18 - 12:26 AM

Johnny Cueto pitched well in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over his seven innings of work.

He issued just one walk and punched out four on the afternoon. The Cardinals scratched out an unearned run in the second inning and Matt Adams tagged Cueto with a solo shot in the fourth, that was the extent of the damage against him. Through two starts, the talented right-hander owns a 0.64 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 14/2 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he does battle against these same Cardinals in St. Louis.
Apr 11 - 3:53 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Johnny Cueto "is believed to be seeking $200 million, or thereabouts," in a long-term contract.

Cueto has had health issues from time to time, but it's hard to blame him for thinking he could get $200 million considering his 2.48 ERA over the last four seasons while pitching half his games at Great American Ball Park. It's no surprise, given the demands, that the Reds never appeared close to locking Cueto up to a long-term deal. He'll hit the free agent market next winter.
Apr 10 - 5:14 PM

Johnny Cueto struck out 10 batters over seven shutout innings but settled for a no-decision in Monday's 5-2 win over the Pirates.

Cueto allowed just four hits -- three singles -- while issuing only one walk. The game was delayed by rain for 35 minutes in the sixth inning, but Cueto came back out and retired four of his final six hitters via the strikeout. He left the game in line for a win but watched Kevin Gregg serve up a game-tying, two-run homer in the eighth. Cueto gets the Cardinals this weekend.
Apr 6 - 8:32 PM

There will be no last-minute contract extension between the Reds and impending free agent Johnny Cueto.

Which means the ace right-hander will hit the open market in November. Cueto and his agent were probably seeking something in the Max Scherzer realm (seven years, $210 million), which might seem crazy but is plenty justifiable for a pitcher who has registered a 2.48 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 677-plus innings over the last four seasons despite making half of his starts at power-friendly Great American Ball Park. The 29-year-old Cueto should strike it rich this winter.
Apr 6 - 8:12 AM

Johnny Cueto served up three runs over five innings of work Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

The right-hander allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out seven. All three runs scored in his final inning. Cueto ends the spring having allowed six earned runs in 14 innings with a 13/5 K/BB ratio. Cueto will now look forward to Monday's Opening Day start opposite Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano.
Apr 1 - 6:26 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
LF1Marlon Byrd
2Brennan Boesch
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mike Leake
3Anthony DeSclafani
4Jason Marquis
5Michael Lorenzen
6Raisel Iglesias
7Homer Bailey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Tony Cingrani
3Jumbo Diaz
4Burke Badenhop
5Manny Parra
6JJ Hoover
7Pedro Villarreal
8Ryan Mattheus
9Sean Marshall