Here's what he had to say about Votto and Cueto:
Joey Votto, 1B - Cincinnati Reds: No debate permitted: Votto has been the best player in baseball thus far in 2012. Currently, the Cincy first baseman is batting .350, leading the majors with a .471 OBP and leading the NL with a .632 SLG. Oh, and he's also on pace to break Earl Webb's 1931 record for most doubles in a season.
Johnny Cueto, SP - Cincinnati Reds: Cueto may not be an All-Star, but he is one of the best pitchers in baseball this season (ergo, he should be an All-Star). Cueto ranks seventh in the NL in innings, fourth in ERA, third in park-adjusted ERA and second in complete games. So maybe he'll console himself over not making the All-Star team by winning the Cy Young.
That's high praise for both of these guys, especially in Cueto's case. While the Dominican native has surely had a fine season, I've seen many top five Cy Young ballots that haven't even included Cueto's name. So, to rank in the top four overall on Perry's list could be a sign of newfound respect for the right-hander -- particularly after getting left off the NL All-Star roster by Tony La Russa.