It required some creativity and taking on bad contracts, but the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to address their starting pitching need by landing Mat Latos and Alex Wood in trades with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins that involved a total of 13 players.
Latos arrives in Los Angeles 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA, 3.35 FIP and 1.25 WHIP in 16 starts. He last pitched Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings, suffering a loss to the San Diego Padres. That makes Latos available to slide into the Dodgers’ rotation this weekend, which team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said is the tentative plan, via Bill Plunkett of OC Register:
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 31, 2015
Over his career Latos has faced the Angels just once — in 2013 when he was with the Cincinnati Reds. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings, but didn’t earn a decision. That season Latos didn’t earn a decision until his fifth start in, and began the year 6-0 with a 3.08 ERA through his first 14 starts.
With Clayton Kershaw getting scratched from his midweek start, it aligns the reigning National League MVP to now take the mound Friday, followed by Zack Greinke, which then leads into Latos in the finale of the three-game series.
Despite having spent the entirety of his seven-year career in the National League, Latos only has six career starts at Dodger Stadium. He’s 1-5 with a 3.34 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, last starting there in 2013.