Long Hair Don’t Care: Cueto Tosses Gem in Game 2
By Peter Santo
Johnny Cueto has only been a member of the Kansas City Royals since July, but he already feels comfortable at Kauffman Stadium. His start Wednesday night was a vast departure from his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cueto gave up 8 ER in just 2 innings pitched against the Blue Jays at Roger’s Centre. But back at the friendly confines of the K (Kauffman Stadium) wednesday night, Cueto was spectacular. The righty led the Royals to a 2-0 World Series lead with a complete game outing where he gave up just 1 ER.
Cueto, who will be a free agent after this season, likely made himself a lot of money with a great start on baseball’s biggest stage. As for the Royals, look for them to try to pitch Cueto as much as possible at home. As his ERA at home is just 2.96, compared to 3.80 in road starts.
“I feel like he has pitched great games here. He really draws on the energy of our fans,’’ said Royals manager Ned Yost.
Cueto of course denies any difference other than comfort. “It doesn’t matter to me whether I pitch at home or on the road… But I do feel more comfortable at home,” said Cueto.
The series will resume with Game 3 from Citi Field on Friday night.