The Chicago White Sox got a miraculous start from Johnny Cueto on Saturday night in a must-win game against the Cleveland Guardians. It was another amazing game for him in a long list of them during this season. He has been as sensational as you could ever ask.
Now, during their makeup game on Monday against the Kansas City Royals, Cueto was named the American League Player of the week. He went 2-0 with 16.2 innings pitched which is amazing as White Sox starters haven’t been known to have long outings this season.
In that win over the Guardians, Cueto gave up no runs over 8.2 innings pitched. He came an out away from the complete game shutout but they went to Liam Hendriks for the one-out save. Cueto’s dominance allowed his team to stay right there in the division race.
In his other start of the week, he faced another very good team. In fact, he faced the best team in the American League which is the Houston Astros. Against them, he only allowed one earned run in a huge game to set the tone for the series in which they split.
Johnny Cueto has been truly remarkable for the Chicago White Sox in 2022.
Cueto is so obviously the best move that the White Sox have made as an organization in the year 2022. He is also one of the best pitching stories of the season for any team. Now, for the season, he has a 2.58 ERA which is magnificent.
Without him, they would not have been able to cut Dallas Keuchel earlier in the year. As a result, they would almost surely not be anywhere near a playoff spot. They are still by no means a lock to make it to the playoffs but if they do, Cueto will be a big part of it.
The National League Player of the Week is Paul Goldschmidt who has had a tremendous season as well for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has a chance to be the MVP of the NL which is truly going to be something special to witness. This is quite the duo for the weekly honor.
You can expect Cueto’s next start to come on Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is going to be a huge series for the White Sox so it will be on him again to set the tone for the three-game set. Hopefully, he keeps up this marvelous year.