Mat Latos has a multi-million arm. His fastball touches 97 mph. His slider is nasty. But everyone needs a little help to be successful. Latos is a good example of that. Since having his mechanics tweaked by pitching coach Bryan Price and learning to trust catcher Ryan Hanigan, Latos was pitched like an ace. He pitched a complete-game, two-hitter Saturday to beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 before a crowd of 42,125 at AT&T Park. Latos struck out seven and walked none. Latos, 7-2, was coming off a complete-game 3-1 win over Milwaukee in which he struck out at career-high 13. Before that, he was up and down. "His slider is much better," Price said. "His fastball command is better. He's throwing a lot of early strikes and he's getting a lot ground balls in play early in the count. We made some adjustments to his delivery. That's helping him get keep the ball down in the zone." Latos says the tweaks have made a huge difference. "It's helped a lot," he said. "It's keeping me more square to the plate and on target." Hanigan has also done a good job of directing Latos through the game. "I think the main thing is is we're exactly on the same page as far as what we want to do," Hanigan said. "We're really getting into a good tempo. I think we trust each other. I think we know what our plan is. There's no guessing, there's no indecision.
Mat Latos' second consecutive complete game leads Reds
Cincinnati Enquirer | Jul 1