Saturday, May 12, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park
TV: FSO-HD, MASN2-HD; RADIO: WLW, WJFK, WHFS; WEB: MLB.tv, Gameday Audio, Gameday
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.
We're approaching that time of the season where players with options are getting a hard second look - at least from us. After a relief appearance on May 13 of last season, Mike Leake was demoted to AAA. He was called back quickly, after Homer Bailey hit the DL again and Edinson Volquez out-worsted him. The short trip to Louisville did him some good.
Despite what you've heard, Mat Latos is not one of these players. For one thing, his ERA is not 7-something. After his brilliant 2 hit, 0 ER, career-high-11 K outing against the Pirates, Mat's Stats are looking a lot more La(t)otian. Through one May start, we can still blame the early struggles on April.
Tonight Mat and his Stats face the Nats. While they're not a scary offense, the test may be pitching at home - where the pressure is more apparent. Latos has a lower road ERA so far, but opponents are hitting him significantly better at home: .300/.338/.500. The positive spin is that he's been unlucky on the road.
The series win is still on the board. Go Reds!
||ERA (ERA+)||2.29 (165)
|Reliever||5/7||5/8||5/9||5/10||5/11||5 day totals|
|Sean Marshall||1.0, 16p||0.2, 35p||-
||1.2 IP, 51 pitches|
|Aroldis Chapman||1.0, 16p||-
||1.0 IP, 16 pitches
|Logan Ondrusek||1.1, 11p||0.1, 6p||-
||1.2 IP, 17 pitches
|Jose Arredondo||1.0, 16p||-
||3.0 IP, 34 pitches|
|Sam LeCure||2.0, 40p||-
||3.0 IP, 58 pitches
|J.J. Hoover||0.1, 8p||-
||1.1 IP, 20 pitches
|Alfredo Simon||1.0, 8p||-
||3.0 IP, 39 pitches