Young Cueto trusting his catcher more
By Hal McCoy
6:57 PM Thursday, April 23, 2009
CHICAGO — Dick Pole says with a smile, “I know the gig. I’ve been around a few years, you know?”
A writer had approached him in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse and said, “How come nobody is asking you about Johnny Cueto today?”
As the Reds pitching coach said, he knows how it works. If Cueto is walking the world, the media wants to know why. But when he pitches seven innings against the Chicago Cubs and doesn’t walk anybody, nobody bothers Pole.
But he was happy to talk about Cueto.
“He’s learning,” he said. “He’s a young man (23). But what a fastball he had last night. When he got into trouble, he stepped it up a notch to 95 and 96 miles an hour.
“But the big thing I noticed was that he is trusting his catcher (Ramon Hernandez),” said Pole. “He wasn’t shaking him off as much as he had been doing.”
Cueto understands English, but won’t speak it to the media. But his smile says it all.