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    Matt Latos and the top of the rotation

    I know people have high expectations for Matt Latos as they should after the haul the Reds gave up to get him. What I want to stress though is patience. Some forget this kid won't turn 25 until December. We all want this team to win and win now, but the Reds front office are looking too build a long term winner.

    Latos just as Bailey has is going to get it figured out. Imo. People just have a hard time enduring the process, but sometimes the best things in life are worth the wait. I'm not saying he won't struggle at times yet this year, but that I think he's in a good situation to progress into the pitcher many think he can be. The icing on thr cake? The Reds have control over Latos until the 2016 season. Johnny Cueto is under control until 2016, and Bailey is under control until 2015. That's a pretty good nucleus to a starting rotation for the near future.
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    Re: Matt Latos and the top of the rotation

    Tonight's outing served as a glance that the Reds would actually have a chance in the playoffs with Cueto and Latos at the top of the rotation.
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    Performances like tonight are why the Reds gave up what they did for Latos. If he ever puts it all together consistently, look out.

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    Re: Matt Latos and the top of the rotation

    Location on that slider has been holding him back all year, but he was throwing it mercilessly tonight. That start was electric in every sense of the word. Like VR said, we'll be an absolute handful in the playoffs if tonight was any sign of things to come.

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    What people forget is that Latos is the youngest of the strating pitchers. Cueto,Bailey and Leake are all oder than him. Cueto and Bailey have more MLB experience too. Once he gets consistency he's gonna be a good one. Maybe a TOR type. That maturity will come and we got a glimpse last night of what we will see more of in the future. Hopefully very near future.
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    Re: Matt Latos and the top of the rotation

    Quote Originally Posted by Superdude View Post
    Location on that slider has been holding him back all year, but he was throwing it mercilessly tonight. That start was electric in every sense of the word. Like VR said, we'll be an absolute handful in the playoffs if tonight was any sign of things to come.
    My wife and I were there last night and it was evident from the beginning that he was on. By the second inning, we knew we had a good chance for free pizza & ice cream (for those of you out of town, if Reds pitchers having 11 K's or more, your ticket gets you a free personal size (4 topping!) pizza at LaRosa's (a local chain) and a coupon for a free scoop of UDF ice cream (again, a local chain). The crowd went nuts when he got the 11th strikeout. It was a lot of fun!

    Two of the four hits were surprise bunt singles. The home run was legit and the double was also well hit. Just two walks (can't recall when the 2nd one was, don't want to go look - the first was the lead off one to Aoki).

    And an absolutely beautiful night at the game.
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    I was most impressed with how bad he made Ryan Braun look. He owned Braun last night and you could see he was totally lost vs Latos.
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    Re: Matt Latos and the top of the rotation

    Quote Originally Posted by reds1869 View Post
    Performances like tonight are why the Reds gave up what they did for Latos. If he ever puts it all together consistently, look out.
    It all starts with his head, IMO. That's been the rap on Latos his entire career.
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    Re: Matt Latos and the top of the rotation

    First off, I'm ecstatic about Latos performance last night.

    But posters on here often get criticized for knee-jerk reactions after a loss, so let's not get ahead of ourselves.

    I do have to wonder if there is something to what the Cleveland players said about him tipping his pitches though. Maybe they corrected it and it made a difference.
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    Re: Matt Latos and the top of the rotation

    Location on that slider has been holding him back all year, but he was throwing it mercilessly tonight.
    Yep. Wipeout slider for sure. Shades of Jose Rijo, maybe even nastier.
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    The stuff has never really been in question; he's just not had his usual great command and was getting eaten alive with the HR. last night was a great example of the ceiling he has. For the sake of our playoff chances, I hope he can keep it up.
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    Re: Matt Latos and the top of the rotation

    Latos pitched great last night. He was aided by a very generous strike zone of the umpire. It was nice to see the low strike being called and Latos taking advantage of it. That is the guy who the Reds thought they were getting, hopefully he can build upon it.

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    Re: Matt Latos and the top of the rotation

    I remember a few years ago, Cueto was very inconsistent. He'd get up to 100 pitches by the 5th inning and he bore more of a resemblance to Latos than the 2011-12 version of Cueto.

    Not every pitcher has Strasburg like success from his first start. Sometimes it takes guys a few years to put it together. But for all his ups and downs, I'd rather have a guy with stuff like Latos in the rotation than some of the stiffs that started for the Reds in the not too distant past.
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    I was there last night too and it was SUCH a great game. The crowd was electric and I think Dusty would have had a mutany on his hands if he had taken Mat out of the game at any point. Mat was in such a zone that I also knew we were going to get free pizza & ice cream by about the 3rd inning and this is the third time I've been there for that by the way....LOL Anyway, I was begging the Reds to get him some run support because I didn't want a great effort from him to go to waste. No one jumped to their feet faster on Jay's 2 run 2B than me, LOL

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    Re: Matt Latos and the top of the rotation

    Quote Originally Posted by bucksfan2 View Post
    Latos pitched great last night. He was aided by a very generous strike zone of the umpire. It was nice to see the low strike being called and Latos taking advantage of it. That is the guy who the Reds thought they were getting, hopefully he can build upon it.
    Only one problem. I recall one low strike going his way. Now Gallardo, I recall about half a dozen. Here I go, off to Brooks Baseball again.

    Wow, my eyes were better than the Tim Timmens last night, at least my recall. There was one out of the zone low strike (probably the one to Braun), one borderline low strike for Latos. For Gallardo, 5 out of the zone low strikes, one borderline low. And also the way outside strike 3 on Rolen as well. We have sure not been getting help from the ball/strikes guys here of late.
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