Frustrated Cueto

On July 1 after pitcher Johnny Cueto beat the Diamondbacks with a six-scoreless inning performance, he was 8-4 with a 2.69 ERA in 16 starts. He was a candidate for the All-Star team.

On Tuesday, Cueto was on the wrong end of a 6-3 defeat while giving up five earned runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings with two walks, two hit batters and four strikeouts. For the most part, he pitched decently.

The game started with Kosuke Fukudome’s leadoff homer. But the bigger damage came during the four-run sixth when all the runs scored after there were two outs. Cueto was hurt by the bottom of the order, too. Koyie Hill hit a liner to center field that got past a diving Willy Taveras and scored two.

“It was a great effort and great play but that’s how things have been,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It can’t keep going our way. It’s got to turn and go our way. It’s got to.”

Cubs starter Tom Gorzellany blooped a RBI single into center field and finished Cueto. One more run, charged to Cueto, scored off Daniel Herrera. Cueto was clearly agitated on the mound as the rally mounted. After he was taken out, he chucked his glove down the stairs to the clubhouse tunnel.

“He’s frustrated because he was making great pitches,” Baker said.

Cueto is now 0-6 with a 9.85 ERA over his last six starts. Overall, he is 8-9 with a 4.23 ERA.

“The good thing is I feel good. My arm feels good,” Cueto said. “But we’re coming through a tough situation, for the whole team. We’re not scoring too many runs and I need to be perfect on every pitch. Every time I make a mistake, I pay the consequences.”

Tough times at GABP — the Reds are in the midst of a 1-8 homestand with eight-straight losses, which they haven’t done since April 27-May 6, 2005. They have also lost 14 out of 15 games.

“I know in the bottom of my heart that this isn’t going to last,” Baker said.

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4 Comments

“I know in the bottom of my heart that this won’t last.” Well, maybe, if you knew ANYTHING about your team, it wouldn’t. OR, if we had a pitching coach that actually helped our pitchers improve. OR, if we had a hitting coach that could teach this team how to swing a bat! I’m TIRED OF YOUR EXCUSES, DUSTY! JUST MANAGE LIKE SOMEONE WHO KNOWS BASEBALL, AND WE WILL WIN SOME GAMES! 14 of 15. this is really upsetting. We have talent, because i’ve seen it before. but with this staff, none of it is getting past the locker room doors. I just can’t express my displeasure with this organization enough.

Someone needs to step up and take charge, both in the lineup and the rotation. One of the pitchers needs to just have themselves a day and start having fun and keep loose out there.

Is there any word on why Cueto was throwing so many breaking balls in the 6th inning? Watching the FSOhio TV broadcast, I agreed with Chris Welch’s confusion as to why Cueto wasn’t using his fastball against the bottom of Chicago’s lineup. Welch speculated that perhaps there’s something wrong with Cueto’s arm. It’s good to hear Cueto say that isn’t the case.

I can’t believe this season has gotten so far out of hand. Do you think Dusty’s job is in jeopardy? Personally, I think managerial changes are far too frequent in MLB and would like to see him stay, but if this losing streak continues I couldn’t imagine too many GMs that would keep him on.

willies dive = fail
Dusty Baker = Super Epic Fail.

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