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    Mat Latos: Success through Simplicity?

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index...ed-his-season/

    Ben Duronio at Fangraphs just posted an article in which he looked at why Mat Latos has been so much more successful in the 2nd half. He makes the interesting observation that Latos basically ditched his change up and upped usage of his curve, particularly against lefties.

    I'm wondering if anybody has seen this discussed elsewhere, be it from Latos or Price or whomever else. And further, assuming this was a purposeful change, what's the connection between this change and his increased effectiveness? Is it as simple as "lefties were killing his changeup"?
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Re: Mat Latos: Success through Simplicity?

    Wonder if he was tipping his changeup? The Cleveland game on 6/18 was when he accused their runners of stealing signs, and their players responded with "stop tipping your pitches then", or something to that effect. He was pretty much nails after that, other than the StL game...but he always has problems with them.

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    Re: Mat Latos: Success through Simplicity?

    Interesting; I had forgotten about that.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.


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