Price said in the interview they have good chemistry. If you watched cuetos body language his last outing it was not good and mes I believe has only caught him in like 2 or 3 games. I can pretty much see this being an every start tandem. Plus ive never seen cueto use his cutter 9r curve ball as much as he did today,not sure if thats pena but he was brilliant.
The people that do agree with the OP do realize that in Cueto's start with Mesoraco behind the plate he gave up 2 runs in 7 innings right? He did have 4 walks, but that was the game where eveybody was complaining about how bad the strikezone was.
Setting aside the obligatory catcher ERA references that will be brought up at some point, is it really that outlandish to think that some guys just work better together than others? I don't see what's so crazy about that. If you've ever worked anywhere at all, you know this to be true. There are some people you're just better at your job when you're working with/around.
I think Homer Bailey's problems so far this year are probably mostly attributed to randomness/sample size. However, I don't think it's crazy to think maybe he simply was a better pitcher with Ryan Hanigan around than other catchers, nor is it out of the realm of possibility that Cueto will work better with Pena.
These things are possible, folks. Open your mind a bit. Sure, there could be other reasons. It might not even be related. Heck, I myself think it's probably just randomness at this point. But it's not an absurd topic.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
The thought that a catcher and a pitcher have a unique working relationship is as old as the game itself, that said I recall Price stating that no one would have a "personal catcher" so I doubt it will happen as much as I doubt it should happen at this time, Cueto was and is a known commodity, Pena has been a Red for about ten minutes, they had a good game today and yes it was darn good. But Cueto was already good before he threw to Pena, therefore I'll lean towards that fact rather than Pena is teh reason cueto was good today.
I was a catcher and I always thought the whole pitcher/catcher relationship was one of those folklore things that doesn't really matter. The catcher's really just sitting holding up his glove. How does that matter? I guess a pitcher would be the only one to really know.
Besides it always seemed like a way for everybody to blame me somehow if the pitcher had a bad game.
If Cueto asks for Pena, I can see Price trying to set him with Pena more often.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
The Reds should use Pena EVERY inning of EVERY game.
I don't care if Pena is wearing down.... can't afford to take a 2.12 ERA guy out of a game.
As to how Cueto's pitches were working today, sometimes the pitcher's stuff just shows up more on certain days.
You always here pitchers say " I just didn't have it today" or "my stuff wasn't working today", it happens.
Also noticed the way pena would go to one leg so he could get down low for the curveball and change up in the dirt. Have not seen mes do that with cueto. Listen this is not a bash on Mes the guy could and may well be the best catcher the reds have had since bench but after watching pena catch cueto today it looked so much different than when mes caught him. Can mes pick up the things cueto like that pena did? Yes im positive he can but that might take some time and I see this tandem being the norm for a bit.