Remember when the Miami Marlins first lost starting pitcher Johnny Cueto to injury this season? It was only the first time apparently. Let's be honest, Cueto being a disaster for The Fish probably should've been predicted in Spring Training. With a pivotal series against the San Diego Padres off to a tough start, there are now injury news on top of everything.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Johnny Cueto is injured again.
Johnny Cueto had a career resurgence last season with the Chicago White Sox. He had a 3.35 ERA/3.79 FIP, with 5.8 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 25 games (24 starts) and 158.1 innings pitched. It was a surprise season for the 36 year old, who appeared to be well past his prime. I guess expectng Cueto to do well this season was just not very realistic.
Johnny Cueto spent 2008 to mid-season in 2015 with the Cincinnati Reds. It was during that time that he emerged as one of the better starting pitchers in the game. He had a 3.27 ERA/3.87 FIP, with 7.4 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 194 games and 1208.1 innings pitched. He was worth 21.4 WAR for that run. He had two top five NL Cy Young award finishes in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, he had a 2.78 ERA/3.27 FIP, with 7.1 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 33 games and 217.0 innings pitched.
In 2014, Cueto had a 2.25 ERA/3.30 FIP, with 8.9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 34 games and 243.2 innings pitched. This may have been Cueto's best season in his career. He had a 5.2 WAR in 2012 and a 6.6 WAR in 2014. Cueto split 2015 between Cincinnati and the Kansas City Royals. He delivered a 3.44 ERA/3.53 FIP, with 7.5 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 32 games and 212.0 innings pitched. More importantly, he won the World Series with Kansas City.
Johnny Cueto spent 2016-2021 with the San Francisco Giants, pitching to a 3.81 ERA/3.93 FIP with 7.9 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 104 games and 614.0 innings pitched. At this point he was more of a mid-rotation starter than an ace. So far this season he has a 5.57 ERA/6.30 FIP, with 7.2 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 7 games and 32.1 innings pitched. He's now out with a viral infection, as Ryan Weathers (6.89 ERA/6.18 FIP) in 13 games and 48.1 innings pitched.