Based on his history versus Arizona, it would seem Cincinnati’s
Johnny Cueto has a good chance to take over the major league lead
One of the frontrunners for the NL’s rookie of the year, the
Diamondbacks’ Wade Miley is not too far behind the Reds’ ace when
it comes to winning games.
Two of the NL’s top pitchers oppose each other Tuesday night at
Chase Field when the NL Central-leading Reds try to hand the
Diamondbacks a fifth consecutive loss.
Cueto (16-6, 2.47 ERA) appeared in good position to become the
majors’ first 17-game winner when he left in the sixth inning of
Thursday’s contest at Philadelphia with a 3-0 lead after 111
pitches. However, the NL ERA leader was charged with two runs and
the Reds’ bullpen could not hold the advantage en route to a 4-3,
Including that outing, Cueto is 7-1 with a 2.70 in nine
That stretch featured a July 17 home start against the
Diamondbacks (64-65), where the right-hander allowed four hits and
four walks in six innings of a 4-0 win to improve to 4-0 with a
1.45 ERA in five starts versus Arizona. Cueto, 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA
in two starts at Chase Field, has thrown 12 scoreless innings in
his last two outings overall against the Diamondbacks.
The day before Cueto stymied them last month, Miley (14-8, 2.80)
gave up three runs and struck out six in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 win
in his first appearance against Cincinnati.
The left-hander has allowed one run over 14 innings while
winning his last two starts overall. He yielded four hits in eight
innings of a 3-0 victory that completed a doubleheader sweep of
Miami on Wednesday. Over his last five starts, Miley is 3-2 with a
“He’s a strike thrower,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen told the
Diamondbacks’ official website. “A lot of strikes. This kid, he’s
got good stuff. He’s got a lot of confidence. I love the way they
While the Reds (78-52) maintain a six-game division lead, the
Diamondbacks are starting to fade from postseason contention.
Bronson Arroyo threw six solid innings and hit a tiebreaking solo
homer in the sixth inning of Cincinnati’s 3-2 victory Monday at
Arizona. Aroldis Chapman converted a franchise-record 24th
consecutive save for his 32nd of the season.
“We take the blessings that we have been given,” said manager
Dusty Baker, who recorded his 400th win with the Reds.
Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips, who had two hits
with an RBI, is batting .419 (13 for 31) in his last eight games
following a 4-for-31 stretch. He’s hit .373 with 12 RBIs in his
last 13 games at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks have scored nine runs during a four-game skid
that’s come while going 2-6 on a 10-game homestand.
Justin Upton homered and had two of Arizona’s five hits Monday.
Despite missing three games with a tight hamstring, Upton has
batted .478 (11 for 23) with two home runs and seven RBIs in his
last six games after he went 0 for 11 in his previous three
He’s 4 for 12 with a double and two homers against Cueto.