A few words on Latos

Mat Latos had a big complete game for the Reds in a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals on Monday.

The Latos line: 9 ip, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
100 pitches/67 strikes

Following Matt Carpenter’s RBI double in the third inning, Latos retired 21 of the last 22 hitters. It was his fourth career complete game. Latos had 54 pitches through the first four innings, so he needed only 46 pitches to work through the final five innings, including an eight-pitch top of the ninth.

Jeremy Warnemunde will have a complete story on MLB.com, but here are a couple of quotes from Latos’ teammates:

“Huge. We’re going to build off that. It’s what he’s been doing. He’s the man. He’s our No. 1 guy so we’ve got to ride on his back. The way he pitched today, if he keeps on doing that, we’re going to be doing some damage in the playoffs for sure.” — Todd Frazier

“He’s done great. He’s done better and better. He’s maturing as a player. I saw him in San Diego. I’m really proud of him. I’ve seen him grow up a lot. He’s really thriving in those big game situations. Not even on the field, but off the field, he’s matured. I’ll say it again. I think he’s a future Cy Young Award winner. It’s just a matter of time before that happens in my opinion. I think you see his emotions on the field. He controls better now. He attacks hitters. He’s got some of the best stuff in the league, no doubt about it.” — Ryan Ludwick


Ludwick has been around long enough to make this statement about Latos and I believe he’s going to prove to be correct.
The ball is in the Reds court…(3) more games left (at home) with SL ….(6) left with Pitt with (3) at home. The batting averages are getting better for Cosart and Mesoroco. The thing that is a little troublesome is Votto. Yes, he got a homer today, but he has, of late, appears to have trouble squaring up on the pitches
and it appears that he is striking out more often. His average has dropped from near .320 to below .310. He’s in a class by himself as a major leaguer and it is my belief he’ll solve the problem, and soon.

Votto thinks too much . He analyzes everything he does. I believe it has affected him not only at the plate , but in the field and on the base paths. I hope it gets through it in time.

Agree. I’d move him down to fifth in batting order to relieve some of the pressure.

Wainwright fell to 5-9 career against Cincinnati. In his last two starts against the Reds, the right-hander has given up 18 hits and 15 runs in only eight innings. He’s 1-3 in four starts against Cincinnati this season with a 7.77 ERA.

Curt, you and I had the Reds in first by Labor Day. I still think they’re going to do it by … What’s the last day of the season? Go Reds!

Ok, in first by September 23rd. Just a few weeks off.

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