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Reds' Mat Latos Not Worth the Return for Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal?

Mat Latos was roughed up by the Miami Marlins
Mat Latos was roughed up by the Miami MarlinsChristian Petersen/Getty Images
Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIApril 8, 2012

First things first. This is a question not a statement.

After all the hype and expectations thrown at us by the media, I have to say, I am just a little bit disappointed. I didn't expect seven shutout innings like Johnny Cueto gave us.

I did, however, expect a better start than what he had.

Mat Latos' line in his Cincinnati debut: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 W, 4 K. He will be working the rest of the month to get his ERA down below five.

I would like to have a count of how many pitches bounced in the dirt. He didn't look like a semblance of the man who pitched twice before at GABP (while with San Diego) with an ERA of 1.93. That guy was unhittable.

Maybe everyone put too much pressure on the young man. He is only 24, remember? Perhaps he was thinking he needed to provide instant justification that the Reds did not overpay for his service.

Any way it may be sliced, it was a dreary night for fans of the Queen City. Sam (Yosemite?) LeCure looked terrible, giving up three hits and two earned runs in only a pair of innings. The crushing homer he surrendered to Hanley Ramirez was especially annoying.

We now see the immediate rewards for sending Todd Frazier down in lieu of reliever Alfredo Simon. If it wasn't for the three strikeouts he posted in his only inning, I would have nothing good to say about the newcomer.

John Buck took him deep and made me wonder what anybody saw in him to warrant a spot on the 25-man, let alone the 40-man roster.

Zack Cozart was one of the few bright spots on the night for the Reds, who were outhit 12-6. A home run and a triple highlighted his 3-for-4 night, bringing his average up to .626.

Drew Stubbs' bunt single was a very exciting event for me. Chris Heisey legged out a beautifully laid bunt as well.

Bronson Arroyo will take the hill Sunday against the temperamental Carlos Zambrano.

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