What to Watch For – May 20, 2013


Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets – 7:10 p.m.

Reds ace Johnny Cueto makes his long-awaited return from the disabled list tonight in New York. He gets his first start in more than a month, but it’s less that he’s actually pitching again and more about how he might be pitching that makes this Reds-Mets matchup so worth watching.

The right hander originally went down on the DL in April with a lat injury, but his return was delayed as he was struggling with the right oblique issues that caused him problems during the playoffs last season.

The Cincinnati front office originally didn’t think the oblique problems had anything to do with Cueto’s injuries, but now neither they nor Cueto are certain.

For the last few seasons, Cueto has been utilizing a sort of corkscrew delivery. To better shield the baseball, he turns toward centerfield, with his back toward the hitter, before unfurling toward the plate with his delivery. It involves a lot of twisting and turning, and that may be putting unnecessary strain on his oblique muscles.

According to a couple interviews, Cueto is now considering altering his mechanics. It’s unclear whether he’s going to experiment with those changed now, or wait until the offseason when it’s much safer to do so.

Which begs the question, which Cueto windup do we see tonight? The twisty-turny corkscrew, or something more typical and toned down? We will have to watch and find out.

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

2 thoughts on “What to Watch For – May 20, 2013

    • Honorable mention to Oakland at Texas at 8:05. This MIGHT be the 2013 debut of baseball’s top prospect Jurickson Profar. I just wasn’t able to confirm Texas’ starting lineup in time to give that game the WTW4 nod for today.

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