Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:20 am EDT
Closing Time: Johnny Fever rules Cincinnati
By Scott Pianowski
I can't blame you if you didn't watch as much baseball as usual on Tuesday night; the NHL Finals, NBA Finals and MLB First-Year Player Draft have a way of grabbing your attention. No worries if you're a little behind on the Roto happenings of the day, that's where I come in. Let's play catch up and see what's out there.
• Johnny Cueto(notes) was the hot thing in the fantasy world for a short time early in 2008, but he's been far more reliable this time around, sneaking a little under the radar. He's worked deep in each of his last 10 turns, including Tuesday's stroll at Washington (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 B, 5 K).
Cueto is throwing his slider a little harder this year and he's been more efficient, cutting his walk rate and giving up some strikeouts as well. He's also trimmed the home-run rate, albeit a notable drop in HR/FB has something to do with that, too. Eventually it's a net win for fantasy owners if Cueto can stay in games longer – you get more use from his tidy ERA and WHIP (2.33, 1.05) and a better shot at victories. It might be time to put Cueto among the top dozen pitchers in the National League. If you want to check it out for yourself, give Cueto some scouting time Sunday at Kansas City