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