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After Two Solid Starts, Johnny Cueto Named National League Player of the Week

August 12th, 2014 at 6:05 PM
By Cody Dalga

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto has been on quite a tear as of late especially in his last two starts, and because of that Cueto has been named the National League Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

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He becomes the second Reds to win the award this season. Aroldis Chapman was awards the Player of the Week honors on July 13. 

In two starts this week Cueto collected two wins pitching in 17 total innings. He allowed just 10 hits and four earned runs while striking out 15 total batters. 

In Tuesday's start against the Cleveland Indians Cueto threw a complete game, the fourth of the season giving him a new career high. He threw 117 total pitches, 83 of which were strikes. In nine innings of work he allowed two earned runs on just five hits while striking out six batters. 

Sunday the Reds took down the Miami Marlins with Cueto on the mound again by a score of 7-2. He went eight innings again allowing two earned runs on five hits but struck out nine batters on route to his 14th win of the year. Although the two earned runs raised his ERA, he still sits third in all of Major League Baseball with a 2.05 ERA.

While most seasons would bring a Cy Young Award with Cueto's numbers, the right-hander still has some stiff competition with the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw having an unbelievable season. Cueto however still sits in the top three in three major pitching categories in the National League; ERA (second), wins (tied for first), and strikeouts (second). 

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