Tale Of The Tape: Waino Vs. Cueto
- W-LWainwright: 10-4. Even after his hard-luck loss on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, the Cardinals ace is the NL’s co-leader in wins with, oddly enough, Cueto’s teammate, Alfredo Simon. It’s the second time Wainwright lost a quality start, falling 2-1 to Pirates on April 6. Wainwright has been particularly tough on the Reds, beating Cueto himself, 1-0 on Opening Day.Cueto: 7-5. Cueto’s record doesn’t reflect his dominance. He didn’t record a victory until April 16, when he fired a three-hit shutout against the Pirates, making him 1-3 with a 1.50 ERA. In his next start, Cueto went the distance again, this time allowing just a run. He’s been involved in four no-decisions and didn’t allow more than two runs in any of them.
- ERAWainwright: 2.01. Wainwright’s ERA was down to 1.20 at the end of April. After getting ripped for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings on May 30 against the Giants, Wainwright’s numbers steadily improved – although he was skipped one start for elbow soreness in mid-June. After a sizzling performance against the Dodgers on Thursday night, he’s threatening to dip under 2 again.Cueto: 1.86. The only pitcher ahead of Wainwright in the National League is Cueto, who, like Wainwright, has registered two shutouts and three complete games this season. Granted, Cueto is pitching tonight against the Giants, so the number will change. But the way things have gone this season, he’s not likely to be lit up at AT&T Park.
- StatsWainwright: 116.1 IP, 105 K, 22 BB. Opposing hitters are batting only .199 against Wainwright, who has given up only a handful of home runs so far (4).Cueto: 116.0 IP, 119 K, 27 BB. While Cueto has allowed more HR’s (9) than Wainwright, he is holding hitters to a paltry .173 average so far this season.
- IntangiblesWainwright: His role as one of the leaders of the Cardinals could certainly sway Matheny, but with starts remaining on the schedule before July 15, it’s still too early to tell.Cueto: Often, it comes down to scheduling. And as it stands right now, Cueto is slated to make the start for the Reds on Sunday, July 13…while Wainwright goes the day before.
Bottom line: It’s still too early to tell. Call it even.