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    Mat Latos in May

    After a rough start to his Cincinnati career, Latos seems to have settled in rather nicely.

    In the month of May, Latos sports an ERA of 2.25, has a 2-0 record and seems more comfortable on the mound.

    The only concerning thing from Latos is that in four starts, twice he has been pulled before the sixth inning. Obviously Tuesday night was not one of those nights.

    Regardless, I feel that credit should be given where it is due. Latos has been good and a key part of the current Reds run.
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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    Got to see part of that game on DVR. He looked in command. Fast forward to the Padres game. Edinson did his usual act--walked I think, four, and looked like EV looks. Thank God for the Reds. The drama that was EV is gone. Maybe Mat is a head case, but I expect much better and less dramatic results.
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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    Latos has a 2.72 ERA and 37 K in 36.1 IP over his last six starts.
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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    Is there some way we can start his spring training a month before everyone else?
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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    He's always terrible in April. This year was no different. Never batted an eye about it.
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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    When he's on he is a joy to watch.
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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    I noticed last night he wasn't taking so much time between pitches. Wonder if someone had a chat with him about picking up his pace? Good to see him pitching better......

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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    Barry Larkin was also a notoriously slow starter, often entering May under the Mendoza line.

    I wonder why some guys just start so slowly? It's not like they are out of shape or not prepared for the season, they just don't start putting things together until after playing a month.

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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    Quote Originally Posted by jhu1321 View Post
    I noticed last night he wasn't taking so much time between pitches. Wonder if someone had a chat with him about picking up his pace? Good to see him pitching better......
    I saw the exact same thing. Especially in the later innings. Leake was doing that on Monday, as well. You could tell they were in a zone. There's not many things more enjoyable in baseball than seeing a pitcher get in rhythm and be in total control.
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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    Getting his offspeed stuff over the plate is all the difference. Not sure if that is calendar related, but that is what has made the difference in his good outings. He seems to abandon the breaking stuff when he starts to miss with it, starts going with the fastball and nibbling, then it is trouble.
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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    I was at the Mets game, and it seemed like he was either being squeezed (and getting frustrated) or he was nibbling. Also, nobody on the Reds could get David Wright out, and after attempting to pitch around Wright it seemed like he couldn't located well to Duda.

    Last night when he got into the later innings, Latos looked like a machine. Get the ball, fire it in. He seemed really focused.
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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    I really like watching him pitch. He kind of just seems mean, and I'm a fan. It's cool to have the guy other people hate because of his yelling, tattoos, etc. If he can continue to harness that edge by pitching like he's flat out better than you, he's going to succeed big time. Reminds me a little bit of the Rocket that way.
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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    There are some guys who never seem to get it going until the weather really gets warm. Latos seems to be that kind of guy - or maybe those kind of guys need a longer period of compettion before their muscle memory really kicks in and they begin performing in that easy "not-thinking-about-it" mode most people who've competed athletically can relate to. And practice - ST games - never seems to equate to the real thing.

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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    I observed something early in the game I wonder if anyone else noticed. I think the Braves were trying to play on Latos hot head reputation. David Ross stepped out 2-3 times in his first AB, and the first time he got a reaction from Latos, so as the AB continued he tried it again, seemingly timing it to be right at the windup. I really think they were trying to get him angry to affect his performance.
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    Re: Mat Latos in May

    I noticed that his velocity was up to 94 in the first inning. As the game progressed velocity increased further. It seems to me that in several previous starts his velocity was down in the early innings.


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