Originally written on Red Hot Mama  |  Last updated 10/21/14
It took four tries, but Mat Latos finally overcame his streak of terrible Aprils to start seasons. That it came in his second year with the Cincinnati Reds is not really a surprise, given how much looser he was coming into camp. Latos talked about this during spring training, mentioning the pressure that he felt after the trade in 2012. “Who’s to say that I’m that good to be traded for four guys? That’s what killed me,” Latos said. “If I had been traded for one guy, it would have been a lot different. Something like that happens, automatically there’s a pressure regardless. You’re like, ‘Crap, I’ve got to prove that I’m worth four guys.’” That feeling is over with this year. And the results have shown it. Consider his first three Aprils in the majors. Year W L W-L% ERA G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP WHIP SO/9 SO/BB 2010 1 2 .333 6.20 4 4 0 20.1 24 14 14 5 6 1 13 0 1.475 5.8 2.17 2011 0 4 .000 4.98 4 4 0 21.2 19 17 12 5 10 0 25 1 1.338 10.4 2.50 2012 1 2 .333 5.97 5 5 0
PLAYERS: Mat Latos
TEAMS: Cincinnati Reds
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