You could make the case that this was the most effective cutter that Cueto has ever had. He netted 10 outs with it without giving up a hit, the best 0-for against the pitch that he has had in his career.
The pitch is not intended as a swing-and-miss pitch. He got one missed swing against it. But it's designed to limit hard contact, and it did. For the second straight start, he didn't allow a hard-hit ball (based on video review) against that pitch, which he threw 33 times.
Cueto struck out nine and gave up one run in seven innings. He has a 1.04 ERA in his last eight starts.
Elias Sports Bureau research shows that Cueto is the fourth pitcher to start a season either 10-0 or 10-1 since the Giants moved to San Francisco. The other three are Hall-of-Famers Gaylord Perry and Juan Marichal in 1966, and Tim Lincecum in 2008. Marichal was the only one to start 10-0.
Give the Giants defense credit, too
Cueto's recent hot run also shows the value of a defense getting outs behind a pitcher. His strikeouts and walks per nine innings in the last eight starts are actually not as good as they were in his first six starts of the season.
On Wednesday, the help came in the form of a nifty play by Joe Panik, who smothered a ground ball to take away a base hit in the fifth inning. The Giants entered the day ranked second in the majors with 41 defensive runs saved.