The Cincinnati Reds' Johnny Cueto is in position to become the NL's first 15-game winner in part because of some recent support from his teammates.
Having cooled off a little from a torrid stretch, the visiting Reds might not be poised to give their right-hander the same kind of backing Tuesday night, but Cueto may not need as much help when he faces the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cueto (14-5, 2.52 ERA) has won a career-high five consecutive starts but has also allowed a combined nine runs over his past two outings. He gave up four over 7 1-3 innings Thursday against San Diego but got eight runs of support for the second straight outing in a 9-4 victory.
"Johnny will take those runs big time. Anybody will," manager Dusty Baker told the team's official website.
The Reds (66-43) enter this game having batted .188 with five runs scored over back-to-back defeats, and even Brandon Phillips' return from a strained left calf couldn't help them in Monday's series opener.