Cueto Pitches Complete Game Shut Out, Royals Continue To Manhandle The AL
Johnny Cueto made his debut at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night against the Tigers, and he certainly gave the Royals fans something to cheer about.
The newly-minted Blue Jay David Price was looking very much like the best mid-season pitching acquisition since he made his mark against the Yankees last week, but Cueto went and showed him up by pitching a complete game shutout in his very first start home start for the Royals.
The 2014 NL strikeout co-leader (with Stephen Strasburg) spent his first seven-and-a-half seasons in the MLB with the Cincinnati Reds before the reigning American League champions acquired him on July 26th. His stat line for the night says just about everything that needs to be said about whether the Royals should feel good about that trade.
Here's Johnny, indeed.
The Royals win over the Tigers was their 4th in a row and put them at 67-44 on the season. They are straight up running away with the AL Central with a 12-game lead over the second place Twins, and Cueto just reminded everybody that their pitching staff is definitely even better and deeper than it was last year.
You should probably just buy your "Cueto en Fuego" playoff t-shirt now, because it looks like the Royals are in it for the long haul.
Besides all the actual game-related dominance, there was a lot of dread-related dominance at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night as well. Royals mascot Sluggerrr wore dreads in honor of Cueto's debut and he looked phenomenal. Sluggerrr for the winnn.
Also, this baby. The Cueto dreads are officially a thing.
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