Since 1969 when divisional play began and the save rule became an official statistic, Cueto pitched the 50th complete game in World Series play. During that 47-year span, the Kansas City right-hander is the 35th pitcher to go the distance in a Fall Classic contest and the first American League hurler to toss a complete game since Jack Morris of the Twins worked 10 innings in his Game 7 victory over the Braves.
The pitchers to have multiple complete-games in World Series competition since 1969 include Dave McNally, Jack Morris and Tom Glavine with three and Mike Cuellar, Steve Blass, Luis Tiant, Mike Torrez, Ron Guidry, Scott McGregor, Bret Saberhagen, Orel Hershiser and Dave Stewart with two.
Among the 50 complete games, five ended in defeat—McNally, Catfish Hunter, Stewart and Glavine (2). Blass, Saberhagen and Morris are the only pitchers since 1969 to be credited with a complete-game victory in a Game 7 match with 13 of the 50 complete games being shutouts.