Originally Posted by PuffyPig
As of right now, he's 7th in the NL in IP, and is averaging 6.5 innings per start (and maybe more if he pitches the 9th).
That doesn't sound like an inability to go deep into games to me.
Latos traditionally struggles late in games. Baker said earlier this year that they were trying to "stretch him out" (or words to that effect) which I took to mean that they want to address that problem.
I suspect the reason his average outing is 6.5 innings is that he is so difficult to hit earlier in games.
Just a sense that this "problem" has really improved of late. I must say that I can hardly remember the Reds with a better young pitcher than Latos. Not in a very long time.
Unlike Cueto, also a superb young pitcher, Latos is a big pitcher and from a health/stamina viewpoint hopefully has a very long career ahead of him.
If there is one player on the Reds I'd like to see signed long term it is Latos.