Best Cincinnati Reds Ever: Bronson Arroyo v. Johnny Cueto

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Second Round Matchup No. 4 Bronson Arroyo v. No. 5 Johnny Cueto

The next second round matchup in our “Best Red Ever” tournament features a pair of workhorse starters for the Cincinnati Reds who led their respective pitching staffs.


Bronson Arroyo’s first round win (73 percent) over Jeff Brantley in our Best Cincinnati Reds Ever tournament — along with a detailed write-up — can be found here.

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"Over his final seven season with the club, Arroyo eclipsed 200 innings in all but one season — he managed just 199 innings in 2011 — and had a sub-4.00 ERA in four of his final five seasons.The long leg-kicking righty was never a blow-it-by-you pitcher evident by his 5.9 K/9 career mark with Cincinnati, but his ability to eat innings — especially in a time where the Reds’ bullpen was in a similar state as it is today — and keep the Redlegs in the ball game was immeasurable. Despite leading the league in home runs allowed two separate times, Arroyo never started less than 32 games in a season while with the Reds and maintained a winning record in all but two seasons."


— ranks 17th in career innings pitched (1,690 1/3) with the Reds

— ranks eighth in career strikeouts (1,112) with the Reds

— ranks first in career home runs allowed (252) with the Reds

— ranks ninth in career games started (265) for the Reds

— Gold Glove award winner


Johnny Cueto’s win in the first round (89 percent) over Kevin Mitchell — along with a detailed write-up — can be found here.

"Again in 2014 Cueto led the league in games started, was named to his first (and only) All-Star game, finished runner-up in the Cy Young voting behind Kershaw and just missed his career mark with a 4.6 WAR. He also received MVP votes that season as he won a career-high 20 games, sported a 2.25 ERA and led the league in innings pitched (243 2/3), strikeouts (242) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.2).Cueto maintained his status as Cincinnati’s ace up through the all-star break last season before the rebuilding Reds opted to cash in on his return-value and traded him to the Kansas City Royals for a trio of prospect pitchers; Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed and John Lamb."


— ranks seventh in career strikeouts (1,115) for the Reds

— ranks sixth in career WHIP (1.17) with the Reds

— ranks sixth in career batting average against (.235) with the Reds

— ranks 23rd in career wins (92) with the Reds

— All-Star selection

— Cy Young award runner-up

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