Johnny Cueto won't be representing the Cincinnati Reds in the All-Star game, but the more pressing issue is the lack of run support he's been provided recently.
Luckily for him, the offense seems to be coming around.
Cincinnati hopes to finish an 11-game trip with a third straight win and head into the break on a positive note Sunday against the San Diego Padres.
Cueto (9-5, 2.35 ERA) has lost his last two starts, mainly due to the one run of combined support he received. He gave up two earned runs over six innings of a 5-0 loss at San Francisco on June 28, then allowed three runs in seven innings of Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers.
"That's life. I did my job," Cueto said. "I didn't have the help I want, but that's the way it goes."
Cueto's start Sunday was referenced as the reason former St. Louis manager Tony La Russa excluded the right-hander from the NL All-Star team, as Cueto would be ineligible to pitch in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic.
The right-hander and manager Dusty Baker...