Everyone needs to chill out on bashing Latos for christ's sake. The kid is 24. The trade is over and done with and none of the players we traded for him are playing any better than mediocre at the major league level right now. Latos' problem boils down to one issue right now, he is giving up too many home runs. In his 2 full seasons he gave up 16 in 2010 & 2011 each. So far in 2012 he has given up 15 (almost double his previous rate and accounting for the majority of run damage against).
Latos simply needs to begin hitting the lower half of the strike zone more. In games where he is pitching in the lower half he is filthy. It's OK that he is having his adjustment period now as he will only get better as the season goes on. I'm fully comfortable with him as our #4 starter right now with the capability to get better as we go forward. If everyone wanted to throw a young starter under the bus at 24, Cueto would have been run out of town.
Actually, i'm glad you responded. The fact you disagree with me means that I'm correct.
I am so glad this board is getting more moderators soon.
One thing that I don't understand about people upset over the Latos trade is that he has been pretty directly responsible for a couple of our wins. Nothing we gave up to get him has done anything significant this season.
How can this be viewed as a loss right now?
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