It makes plenty of sense. Cueto is 10-0 with a 1.55 ERA in day games this season. If he goes deep in the game, he would also preserve the bullpen for Game 2. While that starter officially remains TBA, all signs point to right-hander Todd Redmond being called up from Triple-A Louisville, as the club can add a 26th man to its roster for a re-scheduled doubleheader under new rules.
"We know, but I am not the man to say," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Redmond, who has been previously called up three times this season without making his Major League debut, is currently listed as Louisville's starter for Friday.
"It would make sense going into the second game with a young guy that's making his Major League debut, that we would be better equipped," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said about Cueto getting Game 1 Saturday. "Johnny still has to go out and pitch well. You just try to do the best you can to manage the game and hopefully have one guy that you know is an innings-eater. There's no guarantees. We're confident that Johnny can keep himself in the ballgame, and hopefully [we'll] be fully loaded when we go into Game 2."