Johnny Cueto pitches a gem in what could be his last start at Great American Ballpark as a Red

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It’s only July 1, but there may not be many more chances for Johnny Cueto to pitch as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, and even fewer chances for him to pitch at home. Indeed, due to a road trip and the All-Star break, the next time Cueto is scheduled and/or likely to pitch at home for the Reds is July 17. And given that he’s one of the more probable pitchers to be traded before the deadline, maybe even that one doesn’t come to pass.

If today was Cueto’s last in front of Reds fans a a member of the hometown nine, he made it a good one, as he held the Twins to one run over eight innings while striking out eight in a 2-1 victory this afternoon.

In six starts since returning from a sore elbow, Cueto has posted a 2.52 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings, meaning that his status at the top of the trade deadline targets is restored, even if it was ever in doubt.