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Latos, Sanchez set for dramatic finale in SF

Posted on: October 2, 2010 9:42 pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- As if Sunday's series finale here wasn't dramatic enough, the two starting pitchers are guys who have been involved in controversy during the Giants-Padres skirmishes this season.

Before a mid-August series with the Padres, left-hander Jonathan Sanchez boldly predicted the Giants would sweep San Diego, seize first place in the NL West and not look back.

The Giants wound up losing two of three in San Francisco this weekend. The losing pitcher in the Friday game? Sanchez.

Meanwhile, right-hander Mat Latos, San Diego's struggling ace, gets the ball in Sunday's regular season finale and surely will be a target of another sellout crowd. The San Francisco media seized upon one of Latos' comments to following Tuesday's frustrating loss to the Cubs, and it's caused quite a stir in the area.

After losing to the Cubs as the Giants took first place in the NL West, Latos said that, "Baseball works in funny ways. The only way I could honestly put it is, we could be like the Giants and go and change our whole lineup, put guys with 'San Francisco Giants' across their jerseys. We didn't. We added two guys [Miguel Tejada and Ryan Ludwick]. We've been the same team all year. We haven't just gone and grabbed guys from other teams."

Since the season started, the Giants have added Pat Burrell, Jose Guillen, Mike Fontenot, Cody Ross and relievers Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez. Ross earlier this week called Latos' comments "asinine."

Latos, 22, is 14-9 with a 2.92 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and a 2.25 ERAS in five games started against the Giants this season.

But over his past four starts, Latos has a 10.13 ERA and has not made it out of the sixth inning.

"He has to be calm," Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. "He has to be calm and relaxed, let his talent take over. He can't let his emotions get in the way of his talent.

"He lets his emotions get to him and then he starts throwing the ball instead of making his pitches. The biggest thing will be keeping his composure."

Sanchez, 27, is 12-9 with a 3.15 ERA in 33 starts this season, and his history with San Diego is an interesting one.

He no-hit the Padres in July, 2009. He also was on the losing end of a 1-0 decision in San Diego in April during which he held the Padres to just one hit over seven innings.

"Jonathan's done a great job for us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We need him to go out and give us a chance."


Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2010 12:37 am

Latos, Sanchez set for dramatic finale in SF

Both have no hitter talent and both have the ability to implode on the mound under the pressure.  Bochy and Black will both likely have short leashes on their starters.  
Either way, the Pads have shown tremendous character by winning the first two and just not letting the season end.  Ideally, they would win and the Braves would lose so both the Giants and Pads make the playoffs and they both have Monday off (although I have tickets to Monday just in case).  The Pads really need to get some rest for their bullpen.  

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2010 10:36 pm

Latos, Sanchez set for dramatic finale in SF

Both of Latos wins against the Giants this year were 1-0 wins over Sanchez...

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