Is Cueto gonna run out of steam or worse?
Conversely, if you're looking for reasons to worry, here are eight arms that Work Factor indicates have faced far too many deep counts and may well run out of gas sooner rather than later. Additionally, all of them have an overall P/IP well over 15.5, many dramatically so, which typically signals a pitcher who may tend to work harder than his peers to get through the same number of opposing hitters.Johnny Cueto has been phenomenal and is 7-2 with a 1.88 ERA since June 6. However, he also has thrown over 110 pitches in five of his past nine starts with his low total being 106 in that stretch. Take a look at his career ERA splits by month and you'll notice a disturbing trend:
April: 3.63; May: 2.98; June: 2.96; July: 3.82; August: 4.20; September: 4.61.
By working way too hard consistently throughout the season, there typically ends up being little left in Cueto's tank as the schedule runs out of dates.