Cueto will be on the mound Monday night when the Reds start a 10-game stretch at Great American Ball Park with the first of four against the San Francisco Giants.
Cincinnati (33-24) leads the NL in numerous offensive categories at home, including runs (166), homers (45), batting average (.291) and slugging percentage (.487). The Reds are 19-11 at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds weren’t quite as productive on their just-completed 3-3 road trip, totaling 26 runs with a .413 slugging percentage and four homers - three by Scott Rolen(notes). Cincinnati captured the final two games of a weekend series in Washington, winning 5-4 in 10 innings on Sunday.
Cincinnati has won seven straight starts by Cueto (5-1, 4.09 ERA), who is 5-0 with a 3.27 ERA in that span. That includes a 2-0 mark with a 1.89 ERA in his last three home starts.
Cueto, however, was terrible in his last outing, allowing a season-high eight runs over five-plus innings Tuesday. He did not get a decision in the 9-8 win at St. Louis, failing to record a strikeout for the first time in 72 career starts.
The right-hander has never faced the Giants (30-25).
San Francisco enters this contest off a Sunday victory similar to the one by Cincinnati.
Giants closer Brian Wilson(notes) blew his second save by giving up a tying, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth before Freddy Sanchez(notes) capped a big series with a sacrifice fly in the 10th of a 6-5 win at Pittsburgh.
“There’s no getting around it, that would have been a tough one if we hadn’t come away with the win,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
Sanchez went 7 for 13 in the series, and is 18 for 36 during a 10-game hitting streak.
The left-hander is 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA in five career starts against the Reds since joining the Giants in 2007. The only Cincinnati batter who has ever homered against him, however, is light-hitting Miguel Cairo(notes).
The Giants and Reds split six games in 2009.