Mat Latos admitted that he let the pressure of his first start in a new uniform before a sellout crowd get to him.
The right-hander, acquired from San Diego for pitcher Edinson Volquez and three highly regarded prospects in December, was roughed up for seven hits and four runs in 4 23 innings of Cincinnati's 8-3 loss to Miami on Saturday.
"It was sloppy," Latos said. "Coming to a new ballclub, I wanted to do too much. I felt like, once I got runners on base, I tried to do too much. I tried to throw too much of a perfect pitch. Instead of locating the fastball and making my pitches, I tried to be too fine.
"I was trying to make a good impression. It backfired and went the other way."
Latos' main problem was in controlling his breaking balls, which left him behind in counts and created fastball situations in which hitters such as Giancarlo Stanton could prosper.
"He looked a little over-amped to me," said Baker, who pointed out that Latos had good breaking balls in spring trainin...