Cueto (1-0) grabbed the win Saturday against the Dodgers. He gave up four runs on two hits and three walks while fanning three across 5.2 innings. Cueto didn't have his best stuff Saturday, but he pitched well enough to earn his first win of the 2020 campaign. Cueto will try to make it two straight wins in his next start, scheduled for Aug. 14 at home against the Athletics.
Cueto allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks across five innings Monday, striking out four in a loss to Colorado. He did not factor into the decision. Cueto rolled through five innings before he coughed up a single to Charlie Blackmon and a two-run homer to Nolan Arenado to start the sixth inning. The 34-year-old righty owns a 4.97 ERA and 11:6 K:BB over 12.2 innings this season. Cueto will get a tough road start against the Dodgers on Saturday.
Cueto didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's contest between the Padres and the Giants. He gave up four runs on four hits and three walks while fanning four across 3.2 innings. Cueto has not logged more than four innings in any of his first two starts of the season, and his days as a workhorse seem to be in the past. He has given up six earned runs on nine hits and four walks while fanning seven during those 7.2 innings, so he's not exactly turning heads when on the field, either. Cueto lines up for a brutal two-step next week, first pitching at Colorado then in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
Manager Gabe Kapler said that Cueto will start Wednesday's game against the Padres, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Since Cueto only worked four innings (63 pitches) in the Giants' Opening Day loss to the Dodgers on July 23, he would have been sufficiently rested for Tuesday's home opener. However, Kapler will give Cueto an extra day off between starts as the veteran right-hander eases into the season, allowing Jeff Samardzija to receive the starting nod Tuesday. The home opener marks a stretch of 16 games in 16 days for the Giants, so Cueto should return to a normal four-day rest schedule between starts after Wednesday's turn.
Cueto did not factor into the decision during Thursday's Opening Day loss at Dodger Stadium, scattering one run on five hits and a walk while striking out three across four innings. Cueto came out strong, retiring the side in the first inning. With two outs in the fourth, the right-hander gave up a double to Corey Seager and put the Dodgers on the board by allowing an RBI single to Enrique Hernandez. A single by Joc Pederson put runners at the corners but Cueto found his way out of the jam by forcing a groundout to Austin Barnes. After sitting out most of last year following Tommy John surgery, Cueto made four late season starts in September, during which he put together a 5.06 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 13:9 K:BB across 16 frames.