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Mat Latos 2014 Outlook


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#1 bbythepier

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:39 PM

Lets hope he doesn't have Russell Westbrook's recovery, for fantasy purposes anyways. (Part of me hates him still from when he signed balls "I hate SF")

Meniscus surgery.

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 06:26 PM

This is one of those injuris that could present a nice bargain.It's the knee so I'm not worried long term. Looks like Opening Day in question, maybe he misses a week. Retroactively placed on DL would be my guess. I would take him at an (unwarranted) one or two round discount, stash him on the DL first week, then use him rest of the way not worrying about anything long term. I'd much prefer this discount over others like Verlander, Hamels, Iwakuma just because its the knee.
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 12:39 AM

This is one of those injuris that could present a nice bargain.It's the knee so I'm not worried long term. Looks like Opening Day in question, maybe he misses a week. Retroactively placed on DL would be my guess. I would take him at an (unwarranted) one or two round discount, stash him on the DL first week, then use him rest of the way not worrying about anything long term. I'd much prefer this discount over others like Verlander, Hamels, Iwakuma just because its the knee.


I agree - meniscus is not terribly frightening for a pitcher. However I'm not really crazy about the fact that this is his second surgery of the offseason. I can hear it now: "Latos acknowledged his poor 2014 was due to the lingering pain issues presented by two procedures prior to the start of the season. He feels 100% now though and ready for a terrific 2015 campaign!"
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 02:01 AM

which knee did he injure? if it was his plant knee (left) than I will downgrade him. that is not an easy injury to come back quickly from.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:02 AM

which knee did he injure? if it was his plant knee (left) than I will downgrade him. that is not an easy injury to come back quickly from.


I don't think it matters which knee. Obviously the plant leg would be more of an issue, but it's still surgery on a knee. I've personally never met anyone with a knee injury that didn't deal with it daily for the rest of their lives.

Minor knee surgery is an oxymoron, imo. It's also odd that for the last few months of the offseason it wasn't a problem and now he needs surgery. I'm always leery of the out of nowhere minor injuries right before it's time to go to work. Either they're more concerned about their vacation and the pain should have been addressed earlier, or it's been bothering them for a while and they hid it.
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:05 AM


which knee did he injure? if it was his plant knee (left) than I will downgrade him. that is not an easy injury to come back quickly from.


I don't think it matters which knee. Obviously the plant leg would be more of an issue, but it's still surgery on a knee. I've personally never met anyone with a knee injury that didn't deal with it daily for the rest of their lives.

Minor knee surgery is an oxymoron, imo. It's also odd that for the last few months of the offseason it wasn't a problem and now he needs surgery. I'm always leery of the out of nowhere minor injuries right before it's time to go to work. Either they're more concerned about their vacation and the pain should have been addressed earlier, or it's been bothering them for a while and they hid it.


he injured it earlier this week when he slipped off the mound

this is value - minor injury, he'll be fine. might miss a start at most, which in the grand scheme of things is more then offset by the round or two discount you'll get on a top 20 SP

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 04:05 AM

We'll see but I still don't like guys going under the knife for any reason this close to opening day, regardless of severity.
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:54 AM

I'm not saying everyone should definitely take Latos - Its more that if you are a manager that likes to take those "minor injury" risks close to Opening Day, the knee is obviously much more minor than a finger (Iwakuma), arm (Hamels), or core (Verlander).
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:52 PM

If this causes him to drop there could be value. If it doesn't then I'd probably pass for a safer option.

This is also is dependent on what DDallas has tweet about this.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:53 PM

It's a positive sign he's walking w/o crutches.
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Posted 17 February 2014 - 11:52 AM

If this causes him to drop there could be value. If it doesn't then I'd probably pass for a safer option.

This is also is dependent on what DDallas has tweet about this.


I tried to get a twitter update but apparently DDallas's 500 yard restraining order includes the internet <_<

If injury fears have him falling Latos could be a nice sort of "draft and stash" type, you know, a few weeks on the DL followed by burying him on the bench for another 2-3 starts. Meniscus isn't the worst but late surgeries aren't great either, plus I'm very conservative about sp injuries, and the thought of a gimpy donkey unable to get on top of his fastball or locate is scary (see Mat walk dudes, see Mat forget to cover 1B, see Mat get mad and groove 3 run bomb, see Mat turn into Dugout Doucheface, etc)
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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:52 PM

How worried are you guys? Love Mat but this has be worried. Should I not be?

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:41 PM

im worried. the left knee is pretty important. best realistic scenario is he misses his first couple starts, comes back rusty, and finally gets it going like the latos we know by mid July.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:48 PM

im worried. the left knee is pretty important. best realistic scenario is he misses his first couple starts, comes back rusty, and finally gets it going like the latos we know by mid July.


i strongly disagree

the best realistic scenario is he doesn't miss any starts and puts up a fast start like he did last year (april 2013 - 39 1/3 IP, 1.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 37K).

posts like this is why he's shaping up to be excellent value this year.
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Posted 21 February 2014 - 12:40 AM

im worried. the left knee is pretty important. best realistic scenario is he misses his first couple starts, comes back rusty, and finally gets it going like the latos we know by mid July.


That is probably the worst case scenario at this point...He's already throwing and all the news so far has been positive. Right now I'd think it's 50/50 he even misses one game at all. Highly doubt he will be more rusty than the average pitcher starting the year. Its not like he won't be throwing. Even if he misses starts he will throw bullpens and simulated games
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Posted 17 March 2014 - 08:05 PM

Looks like he is scheduled to pitch in his first game on Wednesday. How far has the knee surgery pushed him down people's draft boards? He still a top 20 pitcher?

Mat Latos (knee) is tentatively scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Latos first has to make it through a Tuesday throwing session. He underwent surgery in mid-February for a tear of the meniscus in his left knee but is aiming to start the Reds' sixth game of the regular season on April 6 against the Mets. Because of an April 1 off-day, that's the first time Cincinnati will need a fifth starter. Mar 17 - 7:27 PM

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 08:26 PM

He was about the 16th or 17th pitcher drafted in my league. I think that's about fair value for him.

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 03:23 PM

In the middle of his first game right now, following surgery earlier this year. By all accounts on Twitter, he is looking very good, albeit against a Hi-A lineup...


@m_sheldon 11m
16 pitches/10 strikes for Latos in first. Touched 95 5 times. Grdout, infield single, strikeout, strikeout. Both Ks on breaking balls #reds



Hitting 95 on the gun already seems to be a good sign, no? His average FB velo was 92.5 last year...


EDIT: And right after I post this, I see:

@m_sheldon 3m

Trainer came to see Latos after something happened on a pitch. He continued and gave up a grd single to left field #reds


But it was followed by:

@m_sheldon 50s

2 innings for Latos. 31 pitches/19 strikes. 2nd inn: single, runner out after pitch in dirt, called K, single, strikeout #reds

Edited by Orion Braun, 19 March 2014 - 03:28 PM.

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 03:42 PM

In the middle of his first game right now, following surgery earlier this year. By all accounts on Twitter, he is looking very good, albeit against a Hi-A lineup...


@m_sheldon 11m
16 pitches/10 strikes for Latos in first. Touched 95 5 times. Grdout, infield single, strikeout, strikeout. Both Ks on breaking balls #reds



Hitting 95 on the gun already seems to be a good sign, no? His average FB velo was 92.5 last year...


EDIT: And right after I post this, I see:

@m_sheldon 3m
Trainer came to see Latos after something happened on a pitch. He continued and gave up a grd single to left field #reds

But it was followed by:

@m_sheldon 50s
2 innings for Latos. 31 pitches/19 strikes. 2nd inn: single, runner out after pitch in dirt, called K, single, strikeout #reds


Hmmm. This does look good for a first start. I was a little worried about him and I'm relying him to be my staff ACE (I really waited on pitching). I just hope he can be healthy and consistent like last year.
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Posted 19 March 2014 - 03:45 PM

Just a bit of clarification on the mound visit by the trainer....

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Latos said issue was ankle, not knee. Is fine. "I'm not on the DL." #Reds

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