Originally Posted by BuckeyeRedleg
He seems to be not as effective when he gets decent sized leads.
83.1 innings with team ahead, 3.56 ERA which is better than Mat's overall ERA.
I looked it up because it's not my perception that Mat fades with big leads, although these numbers deal with all leads at all points in the game. So you may well be right.
My perception is that the Reds haven't hit for him in the second half and the pen has given up some of his leads.
Earlier in the year, some folks said (probably correctlly at that point) that Mat is best for about 45 pitches and then fades. Over the season, though, I think he's done ok in the later innings.
Today, his defense failed him and I think Dusty left him out there a bit too long.
Still, with everything, he allowed only four runs and probably two were unearned. I like Latos because he's a real starting pitcher, goes pretty deep in games, strikes out over 8 per nine. Good pitcher IMO.