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.

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