After his outing against the Chicago White Sox, Reds manager Dusty Baker said starter Johnny Cueto said was “just off” with his delivery. The cause? Cueto says he was flying open with his shoulder and his delivery was too fast. Well, isn’t this just one of many reasons we have spring training? True, and what to make of Cueto’s spring thus far?
Statistically speaking: 1-0, 3 G, 9 IP, 5.00 ERA, 1.556 WHIP, 5 BB, 7 SO.
Are you one that cringed upon seeing those numbers? Honestly, you shouldn’t. Here’s why I say that.
We see, hear, say, tweet and read it all the time. Spring training stats are pretty much meaningless. Some may say all spring training stats are meaningless. If you’re looking for such a case to prove either of those points correct, you’re search can truly end with Cueto.
All you have to do is look at Cueto’s spring numbers from 2011 and 2012, then look at what he produced during the regular season from those years. Cueto has certainly delivered for the Good Guys these past two seasons.
Spring training: 2011 and 2012
Unflattering numbers to say the least.
Regular season: 2011 and 2012
If there are any concerns moving forward, it would likely point to the fact that Cueto has seen his past two seasons end with an injury. In 2011, his regular season started and ended with stints on the DL. Irritation in his right biceps/triceps was the cause for beginning ’11 on the DL while a lat strain was the reason for his season to be cut short.
Last year, it was being pulled from Game 1 of the NLDS due to an oblique strain.
At this point, there should be zero concern over Cueto’s and his spring stats. There’s also time for Cueto to work on his mechanics before Opening Day.
Plus, as the numbers above truly show, when the games are legit, so is Johnny Cueto.