I'll take the Reds chances against anyone with Latos on the mound. So if we do end up in the one game playoff, I hope we're far enough back in the division we can line up Latos to start.
I like Bailey in a big game, but I think people are overplaying his dominance of Pittsburg. Most of that came in earlier years. They are a different team now, and tough for any pitcher to beat. I'd go Latos, then Bailey no matter the teams or the situations.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
I guess I hope they face Wainwright.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
If we can get Latos to pitch the game, then Latos can match anyone on the Cards' staff, but he's not as good as everyone on the Pirates' staff, plus the Pirates have a much better bullpen.
As long as Al Leiter is not on the mound against them, I like the Reds chances.
Great at home; terrible in STL; coin flip in Pitt. In other words getting home field would greatly increase odds of advancing.
If you line it up that way, then you have Latos-Bailey-Arroyo in Pittsburgh 9/20 through 9/22, then you have the same three lined up against Pittsburgh at home on 9/27 through 9/29. The trouble with putting eggs in that division title basket, then you've got Latos on 3 days rest for the wildcard, or Leake, Cingrani, or Cueto.