Cincinnati Reds (61-61) vs. Colorado Rockies (47-75)
RHP Mat Latos (4-3, 2.95 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, .195 OAV) vs. LHP Yohan Flande (0-5, 5.36 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .279 OAV)
Sunday, August 17, 2014: 4:10 p.m. at Coors Field
When these two clubs clashed earlier in the season back in Cincinnati, Mat Latos was still over a month away from making his Major League debut on the year due to off-season elbow and knee surgeries.
It has now been four consecutive quality starts from Latos, who twirled a gem last Tuesday night at home against the Boston Red Sox. With the backend of the bullpen uncharacteristically being unable to close the door, Latos saw another home win slip through his fingertips.
While his eight career starts against the Rockies with a 5-2 record and a 3.63 ERA are important, more pressing would be his low 3.21 ERA in five starts made at Coors Field. Having not pitched there since 2012, Latos will do his best to combat the new-look Rockies lineup.
Here is the lineup he will be facing via the team’s Twitter account:
RF – Charlie Blackmon
CF – Drew Stubbs
LF – Corey Dickerson
1B – Michael Cuddyer
3B – Nolan Arenado
C – Michael McKenry
SS – Josh Rutledge
2B – Charlie Culberson
P – Jordan Lyles
Not only has Yohan Flande neglected to pick up his first Major League win thus far in his career, the Rockies are yet to win a game in which he has appeared. Delivering quality starts in only two of his seven, one of those came his last time out against the San Diego Padres on August 12 (the game took place at Petco Park–a much different pitching atmosphere).
In four home starts this season, Flande has a bloated ERA of 7.40. Having allowed 17 earned runs in 2o.2 innings of work, clearly the young Dominican left-hander is not a fan of the thin air that encapsulates Coors Field.
Where Flande has been dominant is in the first inning. Batters have gone a total of just 1-for-22 off the lefty in the first frame, which is good for a .045 batting average.
Here is the lineup he will be facing via the team’s Twitter account: (none of the hitters in the lineup have faced Flande before)
CF – Billy Hamilton
SS – Zack Cozart
RF – Jay Bruce
C – Devin Mesoraco
1B – Brayan Pena
3B – Kristopher Negron
2B – Skip Schumaker
LF – Chris Heisey
P – Mat Latos
Due to a bizarre water main break prior to Saturday night’s game, Sunday will now boast a doubleheader ahead of the Redlegs having to travel after the games.
Getting underway at 4:10 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., the Reds will need at the very least a split, if not a sweep of the doubleheader in order to hang around in the National League Wild Card picture.