Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group reports that Johnny Cueto will start on Opening Day, March 26 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, for the Giants. He’ll be followed in the rotation by Jeff Samardzija.
For the Giants, it’s their third different Opening Day starter in as many years. Prior to that Madison Bumgarner started four consecutive Opening Days. Cueto started four consecutive Opening Days for the Reds from 2012-15.
Cueto, 34, did not make his 2019 season debut until September 10 as he was rehabbing after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2018. Over four starts spanning 16 innings, he gave up nine runs on 11 hits and nine walks with 13 strikeouts.
Cueto’s numbers haven’t been great this spring, as he has allowed nine runs on 13 hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. However, a lot of that damage was done in Tuesday’s Cactus League start against the Cubs. He has otherwise looked good enough to manager Gabe Kapler to merit the Opening Day nod.