CINCINNATI -- While Johnny Cueto (16-6) is the Cincinnati Reds' pitcher most cussed and discussed by frustrated opposing hitters, Mat Latos hasn't been laying in the weeds pulling legs off crickets.
The 24-year-old righthander is covered with body art and he says, "I only have one tattoo. It just isn't finished yet."
They should tattoo a big red 'W' on his forehead with small letters underneath that read: "Except in April."
After a 1-2 record for five April starts with a 5.97 earned run average, Latos has won nine of his last 10 decisions with 12 quality starts on his 25-game resume with the Reds.
He and Cueto make it difficult for the team to go spinning into a long winning streak, usually preventing it from losing more than one in a row.
Manager Dusty Baker doesn't call him Mat, he calls him Big Latos -- not just because he is 6-6, 235 pounds, but because he constantly comes up big on the mound.
"Big Latos has been big-time solid for us, especially since June," said Baker. "...