Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
I agree that "hiding" a couple mph for most of the game is great, but I love to see Ks. The more Ks, the less likely batters get lucky.
That said, pitching to contact makes sense if you want to stay in the game longer (thereby lessesning the need on the 'pen and typically poorer 'pen arms) and you have a great defense behind you. Which the Reds do.
Oh, the truth is I've always been right with you - I love the strikeouts too. I always had a real appreciation for the guys who could get by on little more than pitching "smarts", but I vastly preferred the guy who could strike people out (which is probably why I never wanted to give up on Volquez although everything reasonable said I should). I especially feel that way about relief pitchers. But when a starter with the stuff to K plenty of hitters becomes a master pitcher (a la Greg Maddux), now that is special in my book and I'll take him over the straight gas thrower all day everyday. I think that's what Cueto is quickly becoming. In fact, I'll go out on a limb and predict that if his health holds up and he remains a Red, Cueto will end up being one of the Reds pitching greats [e.g., Soto, Rijo, Browning - and others I didn't see or can't immediately recall (of course Seaver was great for a number of teams)]. Some may say that I'm jumping the gun, but I don't think so.