The Cincinnati Reds have surprised some people by going exactly nowhere in the National League Central race. And so they are looking to unload some people they might be able to get compensation for otherwise. The best of that bunch is pitcher Johnny Cueto, who could make a real difference if he is part of some contender's rotation. With the trade deadline looming, the possibility that Cueto will be dealt away has become a probability. He will be a free agent in the off-season. Who can afford him? That's a question BetAnySports customers will ask themselves, but perhaps not until after his Saturday night start against the Colorado Rockies, which will take place at 8:10 PM ET at Coors Field.
Cueto is a rare bird, in that his ERA has been below 3.00 for each of the last four seasons, and this year it is 2.79, although he only has a record of 6-6, which obviously doesn't compare favorably with the 53-25 mark he put together from 2011-2014. His opposite number on the mound in this game is Chris Rusin (3-3, 3.88 ERA), who has improved his numbers over his last three starts.
The Reds (42-52) are the fourth-place team in the NL Central, and are 19 games out of the lead held by the St. Louis Cardinals. They are nine games out of the second wild card spot, but there are a lot of teams to pass up. The Rockies, at 41-53, occupy last place in the NL West, 14.5 games behind the Dodgers and ten games out of wild card contention. Yes, they are "selling" too if they get a chance, and All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is said to be one of the players on the block.
In the baseball betting odds that have been posted on this game at BetAnySports, the Reds are the road favorites:
Cincinnati Reds (Cueto) -134
Colorado Rockies (Rusin) +124
Under 10.5 runs -125
Over 10.5 runs +105
Only the Mets, Marlins and Phillies have worse road records than Cincinnati's 17-30, although with Cueto on the mound it is understandable that they would be favored in this spot.
Cueto's metrics, for the most part, have been outstanding. He is fifth best in the majors when it comes to WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) at 0.95. As for his splits, he has been somewhat less effective on the road than he is at home. While he has a glittering 1.86 ERA at Great American Ballpark, where he is holding batters to a .167 average, his road ERA is 3.50, and opponents have managed 28 extra base hits against him (compared to just ten at home).
BetAnySports patrons should expect that he will be one of the highest-paid pitchers in the majors when he ultimately comes to terms with someone on a new contract, and one of the reasons is that he has demonstrated durability. In fact, even though he went only four innings in his last start against Cleveland, he had gone at least five frames in 53 straight outings previous to that.
Rusin was picked up late last season by the Rockies after being put on waivers by the Cubs. He made his first start for Colorado against the Reds on May 26, and he allowed just one run and four hits over seven innings. He was subsequently roughed up in a couple of starts, but when you take his last five outings into account, he has compiled a 2.39 ERA. He will have to look out for Joey Votto, who is red-hot, with a .593 average over his last seven games.
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