June 26, 2012

Daily Brief: Latos shows his stuff in complete game

Last Game
It was the Mat Latos show in the Reds’ 1-3 win over the Brewers last night. Not only did he go complete game and eliminate the opportunity for anyone to blow his save, the .130 hitter also went 2-for-3 at the plate, posting 2 of the team’s 7 hits.

Next Game
Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.19 ERA) takes his turn on the mound against the Brewers’ Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.50 ERA). It will be Estrada’s first start since May thanks to a stint on the DL. First pitch at 7:10 p.m.

Stubbs Returns from DL
Drew Stubbs came off the DL for last night’s game, and he was the only guy other than Latos to contribute more than 1 hit. Baker was excited to get him into the line-up because of the spark he adds through his base-stealing. Though he only went 1-for-10 during his rehab assignment (and not getting on often has a negative impact on the running game), he was apparently just saving it up. He was 2-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base.

Stubbs missed 8 games with a strained left oblique muscle before they put him retroactively on the 15-day DL on June 15. The Reds optioned Willy Harris to make room on the roster, which makes sense, since Harris is who they brought up when Stubbs got hurt in the first place.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Cardinals have strung together a 4-game win streak to pull themselves back into a tie for second in the NLC. The Pirates and Cardinals are both 2.0 games back.

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