Cincinnati Reds RHP Mat Latos fires back at critical fans, discloses injury
The MLB Playoff Bound Cincinnati Reds ace pitcher Mat Latos fired back at fans critical of his recent mediocre outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates by disclosing that he’s been pitching hurt since before the All-Star break. After a 6-inning, 4-run performance against the Bucs, in which the Reds are in a street fight for the National League Central and/or Wild Card home game, Reds fans took to Twitter and his wife, Dallas, to air their frustrations (according to the Cincinnati Enquirer). Latos fired back, noting he’s playing through an abdominal injury:
“Let’s be honest. I pitched real well all year and I hear nothing but good things. But I pitched against the Pirates and I have a bad start. (With) certain Reds fans – I’m not allowed to have that. Let alone, no fan knows that I’ve been dealing with an injury since the Texas Rangers game. And I’ve been pitching with it. So I’ve been pitching the way I’ve been pitching, but I’ve been pitching hurt. It doesn’t really matter to me,” he said. “I could care less because I’m not trying to win over fans or anything like that. I’ve been pitching with an abdominal strain since the Texas game. I think it was at the end of the June.”
The 25-year-old Latos (only 15 months older than Mets phenom Matt Harvey) is leading the Reds in starts and wins and will be a front end rotation guy for the postseason. Maybe even the starter in a one-game playoff, if necessary. He’s already in his fifth season, having recorded 30 more more starts in all of them but his first year, in which he was called up mid-season by the San Diego Padres.
The Reds trail the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals by 2 games (and are tied with the Pirates). He’s scheduled to have his last regular season start on Wednesday September 25, meaning he’d likely be first in line for an early week playoff game (i.e. Wild Card). The Reds finish up with the Pirates at home over the weekend.
– David Whitlock