IT’S OFFICIAL!! The Royals have traded for the Reds right hander Johnny Cueto. Speculations have been flying since Saturday afternoon. The deal was finally announced during the third inning of the Royals and Astros game on Sunday. Cueto and cash considerations were traded for three Royal left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.Brandon Finnegan came through in the clutch when we needed him during the post season last year but hasn’t really shown many positive things this season. John Lamb was in AAA and has had a decent season. Decent enough that people thought he was going to compete to be a Royals starter next year. Cody Lamb was in AA and no one really knew all that much about him.
With Jason Vargas being out for the rest of the season it became more of a priority fir the Royals to pick up a pitcher.
Acquiring Cueto is exactly what the Royals needed. He has finished with an ERA below 2.85 the last five seasons. This year he is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts. Cueto was the best guy the Royals could have picked up. The Royals won this trade. They got an ace, which they needed badly and they received cash too. I am really excited to see what Cueto can do and how he can improve this baseball team in the short amount of time he is here.
This past weekend the Royals took two out of three from the Astros. On Friday Scott Kazmir made a strong first start with the Astros. He pitched seven scoreless innings, limiting the Royals to three singles and only one runner past first base. Guthrie matched his season high on Friday of four runs, eleven hits and two walks in seven innings. The game on Friday made it seem like it was going to be a long, miserable weekend for the Royals. Saturday the Royals came out with a vengeance. Danny Duffy looked great at the mound. He gave up three hits and one run over six innings while walking one and striking out three. Royals tied the game in the seventh after Escobar scored on Salvys sac fly. Hosmer almost won the game in the bottom of the ninth but the ball barely missed the top of the wall and gave him a triple. At the bottom of the tenth Alcides Escobar blooped a single to short right field to score Orlando and give the Royals a 2-1 walk off win. On Sunday Ventura won his first game since July 9th. He threw 97 pitches, allowed six hits, struck out five and didn’t have a walk. Dallas Keuchel on the other hand allowed five runs over the first two innings, which was tied for the highest he has allowed all season. O
mar Infante and Cheslor Cuthbert each came through with two out two run hits in the first inning. Cain broke his slump with a single in the first and a homerun in the second and the Royals won 5-1. Edison Volquez will make a start tonight, Chris Young will go on Tuesday and Guthrie will start Wednesday against the Indians. The day I’m looking forward to the most is Thursday. Cueto will get his first start in a Royals uniform against the Blue Jays. I think they Royals will sweep the Indians this week.