The first season for Mat Latos in Cincinnati was by all means a successful one.
The right-hander was as good as advertised last season en route to posting a 14-4 record and 3.48 ERA in a career-high 33 starts. There were initial concerns on how Latos would handle the transition from pitching in spacious PETCO Park to the hitter's paradise known as Great American Ball Park. Those concerns turned out to be rather meaningless as Latos actually posted a lower ERA at home (3.18) than he did on the road (3.93).
However, he did surrender 18 of his 25 homers at Great American Ball Park. Hey, what do you expect from a guy who many consider to be power pitcher? Nonetheless, he still lived up to most of the high expectations set for him, which is incredible considering the vast amount of pressure he faced once the Reds unloaded a plethora of talent to the Padres for his services.
Fans will be expecting even more out of the Florida native when he takes the ball every five days in 2013...