Thursday, September 1, 2011

Johnny Cueto's ERA

One storyline to watch in the final month is whether Johnny Cueto can get his ERA back under 2.00.  He started the season on the DL and didn't have his first start until May 8th.  That probably cost him a shot at the NL Cy Young Award because he's currently only 9-5 (although Felix Hernandez won the AL Cy Young award last year going 13-13). 

He had his worst outing of the season in early August (5 ER in 3.1 IP vs. Cubs on August 6), and some mediocre start recently (5 ER over 12 IP) have pushed his ERA up to 2.05.  If he can get it back under 2.00, he'll be in some select company among pitchers with over 20 starts in a season:

2.00 ERA or lower, 20+ Starts (since 1986)
Roger Clemens (1990)
Greg Maddux (1994)
Greg Maddux (1995)
Kevin Brown (1996)
Pedro Martinez (1997)
Pedro Martinez (2000)
Roger Clemens (2005)
Johnny Cueto (2011?)

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