The Cincinnati Reds have named Johnny Cueto their opening day starter for the 2014 season. Manager Bryan Price had been quiet on naming the starter, saying it was between Cueto and Homer Bailey, but with the Bailey groin issue it seems that Cueto will be the one who gets the nod.
Johnny Cueto will be starting opening day for the Reds for the third consecutive season. In the 2012 season opener the right hander threw seven shutout innings against the Marlins while allowing just three hits, two walks and striking out four hitters. The 2013 game was nearly as good as he allowed just one run in seven innings against the Angels with just three hits, two walks and nine strikeouts.
Most believe that Cueto is the Reds best pitcher when healthy and while right now of the pitchers in the conversation he is the only one that seems to be fully healthy, his 2.61 ERA over the last three seasons (68 starts) certainly puts him among the top pitchers in the game at preventing the other team from scoring.
With just a few days left before Monday gets here and the Reds take the field for the first game of the season things are beginning to take shape with the roster and the lineup. While there are still some roster issues to clear up, naming the starter for game number one brings that feeling with it that baseball season is truly upon us.