David Shoenfield has some thoughts on Mat Latos after his brilliant performance last night:
Still, as Latos punched his glove one, two, three times after the victory, you wonder if maybe this is the kind of start that can send a pitcher on a roll. I think there’s little doubt that Latos is one of the most important players in the NL. The Reds have a legit ace in Johnny Cueto, who is in the running to start the All-Star Game, and they need Latos to step up as that solid No. 2 guy.
Go read the entire piece. I hadn’t thought about it in those terms, but there’s a good argument to be made that Latos is one of the most important players in the National League. If he pitches like he’s capable, the Reds are tough to beat in the NL Central.