Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Recapping the season of Johnny Cueto

For anyone who thought Johnny Cueto's success in 2011 was merely a fluke, his 2012 campaign did well in proving them wrong. The Dominican right-hander experienced tremendous success once again while anchoring the Reds rotation to their second division title in three years. And although he didn't garner a trip to the All-Star Game, he was definitely deserving of one as he projects to finish among the top five in National League Cy Young Award balloting, an award with which will be announced later next month.

But for now, here is a recap of the notables from Cueto's fine season:

+ Posted career highs in wins (19), innings pitched (217), starts (33), strikeouts (170), ERA+ (152), and K/BB (3.47)
+ Earned a base salary of $5.4M
+ Compiled a combined record of 7-1 with a 1.54 ERA during the months of April and June
+ Was a perfect 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts against American League foes
+ Was a perfect 4-0 with a 0.95 ERA in four starts against the Chicago Cubs
+ Pitched considerably better during the day as evidenced by his 12-2 mark and 1.99 ERA, as opposed to 7-7 (3.65 ERA) at night
+ Threw only eight pitches in Game One of the NLDS before leaving the game with an oblique injury
+ Finished third in the league in ERA (2.78) among qualified pitchers
+ Ranked second in Wins Above Replacement (5.8) among NL pitchers
+ Received one of the lowest run support averages (per/9) among all league starters
+ Only permitted one stolen base all season long (90% CS)
+ Tallied the most wins by a Reds pitcher since Danny Jackson notched 23 in 1988

Fun fact: Cueto is under contract through the end of 2014 with a $10M team option for 2015. The earliest he can become a free agent is 2015.

Here's a look back at the players who's seasons we have already covered:

Joey Votto
Jay Bruce
Brandon Phillips

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