Sorry Mark Buehrle, but won-lost records aside, the two most dominant starting pitchers in the majors this season have clearly been Tim Hudson and Johnny Cueto, and with last night’s dominant effort against the best team that money can buy, Cueto took a strong step into the number one spot.
Hudson has demonstrated the kind of control that pitchers dream of, opening the season with 30-2/3 innings before issuing his first base on balls of the season. While a couple of other pitchers have also put up strong walk/inning stats, including Kyle Lohse and the trinket the dead stainbrenner clan purchased from the Rakuten group across the Pacific,Dodgers last night – six shutout innings, three singles, no walks, and an even dozen strikeouts – he lowered his major-league leading ERA to 1.85 and his WHIP down to a microscopic 0.77. In the five games that Cueto has lost this season, he has allowed a grand total of 11 runs, coincidentally, the awful Cincinnati Reds behind him have managed to score 11 runs themselves, a 2.2 runs per game average, in those same five games. Hard to win like that. By contrast, the dead steinbrenner trinket has had the pleasure of 4.7 runs per game when he takes the mound.
And of course there is more bad news from the best farm that money can buy, where Chad Billingsley has again been shut down and is now pending another re-exam of his again painful right elbow. Scratch any plans to see him at Dodgers’ Stadium anytime soon.