Bright spot … Latos is healthy

MIAMI — As forgetful as Tuesday night was for Mat Latos, the encouraging news is the right-hander feels fine physically.

Mentally, he’s hurting.

“Bruised ego,” Latos quipped. “I’ll survive.”

His track record indicates he will certainly recover. For now, though, the box score is not pretty. Latos gave up seven runs in two-thirds of an inning, and endured his shortest outing in 154 MLB starts.

Atlanta rolled to a 12-2 win, but the bright spot is Latos is healthy.

To make sure, I double checked with a scout who witnessed the fiasco.

What we all saw was obvious — Atlanta baserunners kept reaching base and touching home plate. At least seven of the 10 batters Latos faced scored.

Did Latos look hurt? According to the scout, “No.”

The scout’s assessment: “Not setting up pitches well. Some good pitches were getting hit.”

Bottom line: he was both terrible and unlucky.

With that, we move forward.

Yes, it was the shortest stint in Latos’ career. It also was an uncharacteristic performance. In his 154 starts, Tuesday marked just the 16th time the right-hander didn’t last at least five innings.

For Latos, he gets a shot at revenge. His next start will be against, you guessed it, the Braves on Monday in Atlanta.

Joe Frisaro

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