Cueto Dazzles as Giants Defeat Angels

Johnny Cueto of the San Francisco Giants has been arguably the best pitcher in the majors so for in the 2018 season. He continued his great pitching on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels. The Giants would eventually win the game by a score of 4-2 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Cueto pitched six shutout innings and only surrendered a pair of hits. He recorded seven strikeouts. His earned run average is now a minuscule 0.35 this season. He is finally showing the talent that so many baseball experts thought he had for so many years. Now everything is coming together for him. Perhaps there will be a Cy Young Award in his future.

Mike Trout hit home run number nine this season after Cueto left the game. The Giants have had a rough start to the season. The team is 9-12. The team has a very high payroll and they were expected to contend with the Dodgers for the division title this year. The Dodgers have also had their struggles which have received a great deal of media attention. The Giants added former National League Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen after the 2017 season. This is one of the big reasons why expectations are so high for the 2018 Giants.

The Angels had lost four consecutive games for the first time this season. Mike Scioscia says that all teams go through stretches like this. The Angels have not been getting the solid starting pitching performances that they were earlier in the year. This has led to games where they are trailing very quickly. Therefore, they have lost these games. The hitting has not been very bad during this losing streak. However, it has not been able to overcome the woes of the pitching staff.

The Giants have been bitten by the injury bug in the past couple of years. Ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner was injured riding a dirt bike last year and missed a lot of time because of it. Bumgarner suffered another major injury this year when his pitching hand was broken in a spring training game when it was hit by a line drive. Needless to say, losing one of the best starting pitchers in baseball will hurt the playoff chances of the Giants. However, Bumgarner is expected to return at some point later this season. He just recently had pins removed from the hand that was broken.

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