Cueto an All-Star?
The Reds could very well have just one or two All-Stars when rosters are announced on Sunday. Johnny Cueto made his final bid to be one of them with a gutsy six-inning performance in a 1-0 Reds victory.
Cueto was wild early because of a stiff back and had four walks through two innings. After being stretched out inside the clubhouse, he was unstoppable. He gave up just one infield hit to Felipe Lopez in the third and then retired his final 12 in a row. He struck out eight.
Arthur Rhodes hit some trouble but he, David Weathers and Francisco Cordero kept Arizona off the scoreboard for the staff’s seventh shutout of the season.
“Our bullpen came in and did the job but I felt like Johnny beat them singlehandedly today,” said Joey Votto, who was jammed but hit a bloop RBI single in the sixth for the win.
Is Cueto an All-Star? He is 8-4 with a 2.69 ERA in 16 starts. He doesn’t rank in strikeouts and is tied among a bunch of people for fourth in wins.
“Maybe, I don’t know. Yes,” Cueto said when asked about his chances. “I’m fighting to get into the All-Star game.”
“It’s something I haven’t thought about much,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “His ERA is certainly indicative of making the All-Star team. But there are a lot of good pitchers. If he doesn’t, he’ll have plenty of opportunities.”
Then there is Cordero, who has quietly notched 19 saves in 20 chances. He’s been right there with guys like Trevor Hoffman, Heath Bell and Francisco Rodriguez.
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