San Francisco Giants 2016 Season Grades: Starting Pitchers
Jonny Cueto should be in the top ten of the Cy Young award voting. If he’s not, shame on the BWAA voters. Cueto was absolutely stellar this season. His 18-5 record led the way for the Giants’ rotation this year. His other stats? Easily Cy-Young worthy.
Cueto posted a 2.79 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, in his 219.1 Innings. Opponents squeaked out a .238 average against. Cueto also had a K/BB ratio of 4.40, good for second in the league. Not only did his K/BB ratio place top five in the NL, but so did his FIP. Cueto’s FIP and xFIP were both within the top five in the NL.
Cueto was a blockbuster signing and has proved to be worth his contract. As the Giants have seemed to be duped by pitchers after signing big contracts (see Zito, Lincecum, and Cain), Cueto pitched to the level that his contract demanded. You can’t really ask much more from a player.