MLB All-Star Game: 5 Reasons Why Johnny Cueto Should Not Start Sunday

Johnny Cueto Should Play In All-Star Game

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Johnny Cueto was selected to the All-Star game this season after an amazing first half for the Cincinnati Reds. He has an ERA under two runs and a WHIP under one. Despite the greatness of Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright, Cueto was still in the discussion to start the game. That was until his start was slated for Sunday, making him ineligible for the game. Manager Bryan Price should fix that.

5. They Could Need Him Against A Great AL Lineup

1) They Could Need Him Against A Great AL Lineup
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5. They Could Need Him Against A Great AL Lineup

1. They Could Need Him Against A Great AL Lineup
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Whether you agree with it or not, the All-Star game means something. Home-field advantage in the World Series is on the line. The Reds feel like they could be a team to be reckoned with if they make the playoffs. They could use that advantage if they make the series. Cueto would be a huge boost if he was able to pitch.

4. It Is His First Appearance

2) It Is His First Appearance
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4. It Is His First Appearance

2) It Is His First Appearance
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You only get to have your first All-Star game once. Do you think Cueto wants to have his first appearance be on the bench? That isn't fair to a guy who has given you everything you've asked for this season.

3. His Stats

3) His Stats
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3. His Stats

3) His Stats
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This is baseball. It is a stat-driven sport. Cueto has the stats to back up his appearance. He is second in the NL in strikeouts and ERA. He leads the league in opponent batting average. He was the first pitcher since 1900 to go nine starts with at least seven IP and five or less hits allowed. Those are out-of-your-mind numbers. He is having a career year, and he should be compensated.

2. He Has Been Their Workhorse

2. He Has Been Their Workhorse
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2. He Has Been Their Workhorse

4) He Has Been Their Workhorse
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Cueto leads the league in innings pitched. He averages about 7.1 innings pitched per start. He has a 89 percent quality start percentage, which leads the league among qualified starters. He has pitched his way into the All-Star game. Let him play.

1. It's One Game

5) It's One Game
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1. It's One Game

5) It's One Game
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I know I will get killed for even saying this, but it is one game out of 162. You aren't losing your quarterback for a week. This is losing one starting pitcher, for one game, when he is going up against Vance Worley. If letting him sit one game will make him happy for the rest of the season, then you do it.

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