Road games just haven’t been too friendly to teams like the Cincinnati Reds lately, and not even to one of their best pitchers, Mat Latos.
Usually, the best way for a team to get out a tailspin like the one the Reds are enduring is to have one of its better pitchers throw a masterpiece.
Latos had that chance Thursday. The Reds really needed him to throw a gem. He didn’t, in a 6-5 MLB loss to the Atlanta Braves, although with an 8-3 record, it wouldn’t be fair to heap a ton of criticism on Latos. Good pitchers can deliver as well on the road at times than they do at home. But it wasn’t Latos’ turn to do that apparently.
He didn’t get to the fifth inning for the first time all season. It’s small consolation that he’s at least able to go that far, but Latos has got to come up with some strong performances for the Reds in their next few games.
They’re hurting as a team right now. They need some wins prior to the All-Star break to try to stop the bleeding. They’re 2-5 in their last seven games and have lost 10 of their last 13 on the road.
Latos has still had an excellent season and will obviously win a lot of games in the upcoming months for the Reds. At least that’s what they’re hoping. The 25-year-old right-hander has a ERA of 3.18 prior to Thursday’s game when he allowed six earned runs in four innings. But he’s 49-35 for his career and remains a promising young prospect on the mound.
But the next time Latos gets a start, the Reds need a win. It’s got to come some time.