Is this Tim Hudson 2.0? Well, Johnny Cueto needs the years of success on his resume, but 2011 was a nice start. We saw a different pitcher on the mound as he threw his two-seamer more often (40.3% up from 30.8 percent), which helped bring his ground ball rate up from 41.7 percent to a very nice 53.7 percent. You will hear a lot of analysis on how Cueto out-pitched his FIP (3.45) with his 2.31 ERA, but inducing that many ground balls will do that from time to time. Of course, I expect Cueto to have an ERA between 3-3.5, but with his improved control he can definitely continue to post great WHIP numbers, especially if he keeps the ball on the ground. With the low ERA/WHIP, his lack of strikeouts aren’t a huge concern.
Best case scenario: Shaun Marcum (MIL) Similar players: Clay Buchholz (BOS), Justin Masterson (CLE), Alexi Ogando (TEX) Worst case scenario: Jair Jurrjens (ATL)
Ground ball rate, home run rate. What used to be a huge problem for Cueto (home runs) is now a st...