The Chicago White Sox are welcoming a nice addition to their rotation on Monday.
As the White Sox get ready to visit Kauffman Stadium and the Kansas City Royals, Johnny Cueto will be ready to take the ball on Monday night.
“Prior to tonight’s series opener at Kansas City, the Chicago White Sox purchased the contract of two-time All-Star right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto from Class AAA Charlotte and optioned infielder Danny Mendick to Charlotte,” the Pale Hose announced via Twitter.
The last time Cueto pitched in Kauffman Stadium, he was doing it in front of a sellout crowd, in Game 2 of the 2015 World Series.
“Johnny Cueto will return to the mound tonight at The K for the first time since his historic 2015 World Series Game #2 complete game,” Royals reporter Dave Holtzman tweeted.
Johnny Cueto will return to the mound tonight at The K for the first time since his historic 2015 World Series Game #2 complete game. https://t.co/A8ktwtYHka
— Dave Holtzman (@DHoltzy) May 16, 2022
A World Series Hero For The Royals
Cueto was magnificent that night, covering the distance with only two hits and three walks allowed.
He struck out four New York Mets hitters to end up with the win in the 7-1 game.
The Royals would go on to win the Series, 4-1.
That was the last time Kansas City was truly competitive: the band started to dismantle that offseason.
Cueto himself went to the San Francisco Giants, where he pitched until 2021.
Nowadays, Cueto is a 36-year-old depth pitcher for the White Sox, a team that can really use his experience and doesn’t require him to be the ace he once was.
For the Royals in 2015, though, Cueto was a force to be reckoned with from the mound (particularly in the playoffs, not so much in the regular season), and fans will likely cheer for him as he gets ready to pitch.
He was a big, big part of that World Series title.