Cincinnati Reds (51-46) vs. New York Yankees (49-47)
Sunday, July 20, 2014: 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium
Having gotten a full week of rest since his last start, Cueto, the Major Leagues leader in innings pitched, looks to show that the increased workload has not fatigued him. Over his past three starts, he has been made to look human, even though all three were of the quality variety.
Finally reaching double-digit wins after last Sunday, Cueto still has a ways to go to reach a new career-high with 20.
Posting a sparkling 1.60 ERA in his nine-day game starts so far this season; Cueto looks to give the Redlegs a win they desperately need before they escape New York City for Milwaukee.
In three career starts against the Yankees, Cueto is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA. Granted, this Yankee lineup is staunchly different from those of years past.
Making an obscene $16 million this season, Hiroki Kuroda remains the lone hired gun in the Yankees rotation from the beginning of the year. Known as an extremely durable pitcher, Kuroda has never seen his ERA finish at anything that did not begin with a three. His numbers are just slightly off-track in his age 39 season.
Kuroda has thrown at least 100 pitches in five consecutive starts, with his most recent start being arguably his most impressive of the year. While the Yankees would fall 3-2, Kuroda gave them seven strong innings of just two runs and three hits while striking out three and walking none.
There is a time and place to hit Kuroda. Pitches 51-75 for him are incredibly problematic with the opponent batting average skyrocketing by 100 points. Against the previous 25 pitches, batters are hitting .234, but against those next 25, their numbers jump to .330.
In his career, Kuroda has made five starts against the Redlegs, coming out with a decision each time. Sitting at 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA, Kuroda looks to help the Yankees finish off a sweep in the weekend series.
With a scheduled first pitch at 1:05 p.m., a stellar pitching matchup will be taking place on Sunday afternoon. Each game down the stretch has major significance for each club with division races as tightly packed as ever.