Monday, July 9, 2012

Mat Latos is the Reds #1 Pitcher After the All-Star Break


Rather than putting Johnny Cueto out on normal rest by pitching him the first game back from the All-Star Break on Friday, the Reds have elected to have Mat Latos pitch their first game of the second half. The Reds rotation after the All Star Break will now be: Latos, Mike Leake, Cueto, Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey.

Over his last 3 starts, Latos has really turned around his season for the better. He has only given up 2 runs in his last 25 innings, has struck out 28 batters, and has a WHIP well under 1. As he has shown he can be the ace the Reds expected to receive in their trade with the Padres, the Reds have enough confidence in Latos to make him their #1 pitcher down the home stretch.

Giving Latos the #1 spot could give him some swagger back as being his team's go-to guy, and could only help him pitch better down the stretch. If Latos can continue on the path he is on, he could eclipse Johnny Cueto as the Reds' #1 pitcher both in the playoffs, and in the 2013 season.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Who Won the Trade? Latos Outduels Volquez, But Gets Stuck With No Decision

Photo Credit: Donald Miralle (Getty Images)


So who won the Mat Latos trade? Mat Latos continued his pitching tear on Thursday night as he faced off against his former San Diego Padres. Of course, adding to the interest of the game was the fact that 3 of the 4 players he was traded for were in the starting lineup for the Padres. He was pitching against former Red Edinson Volquez; and former Reds prospects Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso were hitting in the 5 and 6 spots, respectively.

Both Latos and Volquez pitched gems, but Latos edged out Volquez for the superior performance, as he left the game after 7 innings pitched with a 1-0 lead - only giving up 4 hits, and striking out 8. Ironically enough though, in his return to PETCO Park, Latos managed to get a no decision for 7 innings of scoreless ball, as Marshall blew the save in the 8th inning, giving up a home run to Logan Forsythe.

In determining who won out on the trade, it would really seem to be a toss up. The Reds did get a dominant pitcher in Latos - and tonight he showed to be a superior pitcher to Volquez. However, the Padres also got Grandal and Alonso in the deal - who are developing into great young players for the Padres. Yasmani Grandal led off the 9th inning of this game with a double, and turned out to be the winning run, while Alonso went 2-2 with 2 walks. It looks like both teams won in the trade, but on this night Latos's shutout performance alone couldn't help the Reds overcome the contribution of the players the Padres received in the trade.

Despite the Reds loss, however, Latos seems to have really turned a corner with his season. In his last 3 starts now, Latos has 25 IP, with only 2 ER given up, and 28 stirkeouts. Latos has now lowered his ERA to 4.13 on the season - which is a big accomplishment considering his dismal start. As a Latos and Padres fan, one can only hope that both sides of the trade continue on tonight's note, and play tremendously throughout the remainder of the season. (The Padres have now won 6 games in a row!)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Mat Latos Pitching Well For the Reds

 Photo Credit: ESPN

After a rough start to his season, it appears as though Mat Latos has turned a corner now for the Reds. Latos has now pitched two complete games in a row, giving up just 1 run in each start. Over the two starts Latos also had 20 strikeouts, and a ridiculously low WHIP of just 0.44. Latos has now won his last 7 decisions - a new career high. It is great to see Latos finally succeeding in Cincinnati.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Nice Mat Latos Card Collection

I was fortunate enough to start buying Mat Latos cards back when he was with Eugene, and largely unknown. Because of this, I was able to put together a pretty nice little collection of Mat Latos baseball cards, including a bunch of autographed and game used rookie cards. Below are some of the better cards in my Latos collection. Feel free to comment on this site or find me on SportsCardForum.com as user DrewDude if you would be interested in acquiring any of these cards directly from me.

(2) 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Mat Latos Throwback Threads GU/Autograph #/100

(4) 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Mat Latos Turn of the Century Autograph #/499

2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Mat Latos Throwback Threads GU Patch #/50

(6) 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Mat Latos Throwback Threads GU #/500

(3) 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Mat Latos Red Status #/50

2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Mat Latos Blue Aspirations #/100

(11) 2009 Topps Red Hot Rookie Redmptions Mat Latos Redeemed Rookie Card

2007 Just Minors Mat Latos Justifiable Autograph

(3) 2008 Bowman Chrome Mat Latos Chrome Autograph

2008 Bowman Chrome Mat Latos Chrome Refractor Autograph #/500

(2) 2008 Bowman Chrome Mat Latos X-Fractor Autograph #/250

(33) 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Mat Latos First Card

(2) 2008 Bowman Chrome Mat Latos Blue Refractor Autograph #/150

2009 SP Authentic Mat Latos Rookie Cards (#/299, #/99, #/59)

2009 Topps Mat Latos Black Parallel Rookie Card #/58

2009 Bowman Chrome Mat Latos Gold Refractor Rookie Card #/50

About Mat Latos

Mat (Yes, spelled with just one T) Latos was born on December 9, 1987, in Alexandria. Virginia. He quickly showed an ability for baseball, and compiled impressive numbers starting as a freshman at Coconut Creek High School in Florida. By his senior season there, Mat Latos had gained a lot of attention, as his fastball was topping out in the mid to upper 90's. He pitched so well his senior season, he won the 2006 Sun Sentinel High School Player of the Year Award. The only problem was Latos's maturity - as there had been some incidients noted when he would chew out his teammates if they made errors behind him. Latos did still have electric stuff though, so he was drafted by the San Diego Padres as a draft-and-follow pick in the 11th Round of the 2006 MLB Draft.

After going a year at Broward Community College to sharpen his stuff and learn a bit, Latos was signed by the Padres for first round type money - A $1.25 million bonus. After battling some nagging injuries in 2008 and the beginning of 2009, Latos started living up to his potential and absolutely dominating the minor leagues. Through Single and Double-A in 2009, Latos went 8-1 with a minuscule 1.37 ERA, and over a strikeout per inning. This prompted the Padres to call Mat Latos directly up to the majors from Double-A San Antonio. In his innings limited rookie campaign, Latos did show some decent potential, but fatigue and an innings count kept him from showing too much for the last place Padres.


In 2010, however, Latos has shown that he is truly capable of becoming the next great Padres ace pitcher. After a rough April, Latos has bounced back to be up there with any other pitcher in baseball. So far Latos has been brilliant, so if he can keep it up, the sky is really the limit for this young flamethrower.