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Latos figures out mechanical flaw, turns corner

Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:49 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

LatosMat Latos finally snapped his 10-game losing streak, stretching back to last Sept. 7, Sunday by figuring out a mechanical adjustment that allowed him to give up just one earned run (plus another unearned run) in 5 2/3 innings to the Rockies.

"After the first inning, I sort of scratched my head ... thinking of things I might be doing wrong," Latos told MLB.com, who allowed three of the first eight Colorado batters to reach first base. He came up with a solution, which video confirmed. "It was just a mechanical issue that's been going on. I wasn't staying closed on my front shoulder," Latos said. "Before, [my shoulder] was flying open. Keeping it closed helps me not pull off on my slider, allows me to stay on top of my two-seamer [fastball] and it also makes me more direct to the plate."

Latos burst onto the scene last season as a 22-year-old rookie finishing the year with a fantastic 2.92 ERA in 31 starts over 184 1/3 innings. He had been at a 2.21 ERA before his issues started. This year, Latos has a 4.38 ERA in seven starts, a mark that is sure to drop now that he appears back on track.

"I saw him locate well, he had a really good slider, he threw his curveballs for strikes and he spotted his changeup," Padres backstop Rob Johnson said. "And he was able to throw his fastball inside. If you can do that, you're going to be effective."

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Latos figures out mechanical flaw, turns corner

Wonder what he'll say when he keeps getting his butt kicked, which will happen.


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