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By: Ross Sutton
After a disappointing 2017 season in which he posted a 4.52 ERA, Johnny Cueto has had a lot of success early on in 2018. Cueto has been dominant so far and currently owns the best ERA in the league with a 0.45, (that’s not a typo) through three starts. This super low ERA is not due to lack of competition either, as Cueto has faced the Dodgers, Mariners, and Diamondbacks this year. Unfortunately for Cueto, he has not gotten much run support as his two no decisions have come in games in which the Giants lost 1-0. The Giant’s offense was even being no-hit by Patrick Corbin during Cueto’s start against the D-backs on Tuesday, so he has been extremely unlucky so far this year and that is why his win/loss record is not all that impressive. Ironically, Cueto’s one win came when he did not pitch great against the Mariners as he allowed eight hits and two walks while only striking out one. In his three starts, Cueto has pitched 20 total innings, so the Giants bullpen is loving the rest they have gotten in games in which Cueto has pitched. Cueto is a huge piece of the puzzle for San Francisco, especially with Madison Bumgarner hurt, so the Giants must be thrilled with how effective he has been so far in 2018.
All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com
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