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Starter Report: RHP Liam Hendriks vs RHP Mat Latos

The Cincinnati Reds will welcome in the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night to open up a series at home. The Reds will send Mat Latos to the mound for the second time of the year. The Blue Jays will counter with Liam Hendriks, who is pitching in place of R.A. Dickey who has been pushed back until Sunday.

Reds Starter: RHP Mat Latos

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
0 0 0.00 6.0 0 0 4

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 91 MPH 56%
Change Up 81 MPH 15%
Slider 88 MPH 23%
Curveball 77 MPH 6%

Mat Latos is making just his second start of the year for the Reds. In his first start his velocity didn’t match up with where he has been in the past, down about 3 MPH on average, so we will see where he is at in this start. Despite the fastball velocity being down, the slider velocity was up. He did use the fastball a bit less than he has in the past, but it wasn’t a big drop off. His first start was great as he pounded the strikezone and didn’t allow a walk with just two hits over six innings.

Blue Jays Starter: RHP Liam Hendriks

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
1 0 2.31 11.2 2 3 8

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 92 MPH 67%
Change Up 85 MPH 14%
Slider 85 MPH 14%
Curveball 74 MPH 4%

The right hander has made just two starts this season for Toronto, spending the rest of his time dominating in Triple-A where he had a 1.92 ERA in 70.1 innings with just four walks and 54 strikeouts. In the minors he pounded the strikezone and that should be expected in the big leagues. He has struggled in limited action in the past at the big league level, going back to 2011. He doesn’t have swing and miss stuff, so the Reds should be able to put the ball in play just fine.

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