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Game 12: Reds @ Cardinals (8:15 EDT). Latos vs. Garcia.

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Cincinnati Reds
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT
Busch Stadium

Mat Latos vs Jaime Garcia

Coverage

TV: FSO-HD, FSMW-HD; RADIO: WLW, KMOX; WEB: MLB.tv, Gameday Audio, Gameday

Weather

Clear. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Are the Reds snake-bitten or shooting themselves in the foot? What is the best Southwestern metaphor to use when a team is totally frustrating to watch? It probably involves trip to the saloon and a Mrs. Kitty.

For as underwhelming as Mat Latos' first two starts have been, the struggles have been almost entirely contained within the fifth inning. Latos has allowed zero runs in the 1st through 3rd innings, keeping opponents to a Reds-ian .150/.190/.200 line. He's allowed just one in the fourth. The rest of his earned runs and half of his extra-base hits given up have come in the fifth.

This could be a function of needing to stretch out and play chess with hitters who make adjustments in their second and third looks, but it also appears to be largely psychological. As hitters have gotten to him a little in the second time through the order, he's gotten off-kilter and things have snowballed. If he can relax, he can turn an impressive four innings into a quality 6+.

The Reds struggled against Jaime Garcia in 2011, but touched him for 11 hits last week. I have no idea what's going to happen.

Mat Latos
Stats Jaime Garcia
5.59 (68)
ERA (ERA+) 4.22 (89)
1.759 WHIP 1.781
4.77 FIP 2.44
5.15 xFIP 3.87
5.31 SIERA 4.30
9.2 IP 10.2

Lineups

Reds cardinals
Zack Cozart SS Rafael Furcal SS
Drew Stubbs CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Joey Votto 1B
Matt Holliday LF
Brandon Phillips 2B Lance Berkman 1B
Jay Bruce RF David Freese 3B
Scott Rolen 3B
Yadier Molina C
Chris Heisey LF John Jay CF
Devin Mesoraco C Tyler Greene 2B
Mat Latos RHP Jaime Garcia RHP

Bullpen Log

Reliever 4/13 4/14 4/15 4/16 4/17 5 day totals
Sean Marshall 0.1, 21p 1.0, 16p - 1.1 IP, 37 pitches
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 9p 2.0, 25p - 3.0 IP, 34 pitches
Bill Bray 0.0, 2p - 0.1, 14p 0.1, 16 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 1.2, 34p 0.2, 10p - 2.0, 35p 4.1 IP, 79 pitches
Jose Arredondo 1.0, 14p - 1.0 IP, 14 pitches
Sam LeCure 2.0, 36p - 0.1, 12p 2.1 IP, 48 pitches
Alfredo Simon 2.0, 48p - 2.0 IP, 48 pitches