August 17, 2014

Reds’ Latos Accuses Indians of Stealing Signs

While Cleveland Indians starter Derek Lowe answers every Reds-based question with a roll of the eyes, Mat Latos, the formerly feather-haired hurler for Cincinnati, has taken last week’s drama a bit further by accusing the Indians of stealing signs.

“I was a little up in the zone,” said Latos after giving up a seven runs in four innings and seeing his ERA baloon to 5.20. “I thought I made some good pitches that they spit on with a runner on second. I suppose it was kind of ironic. We changed up the signs, for the last hitter unfortunately. The outcomes changed when we changed up the signs today.”

When asked about the path that he was taking, Latos continued.

“When you go back and look at video, a couple runners on second base, they put better swings on the ball than they did most of the time without a runner on second base.”

Two of the Indians’ three home runs off of Latos on Monday night came with a man on second base. Five of the Indians’ hits against Latos came without a runner on second base, and all of those went for extra bases.

It was Latos who was on the mound during the Indians-Reds series last week when the Reds and manager Dusty Baker were accused of head-hunting Indians starter Derek Lowe.

[Related: The Little Offense That Couldn’t and Its Struggling Pitching Staff]

(h/t WFNY reader Josh N)

  • Vindictive_Pat

    If the Indians really were stealing signs, my comment would be, “Nice work!” Stealing signs happens all the time in baseball and if you figure out the other team’s signs, you should be commended. It’s basically the opposite of spygate. Go Tribe!

  • Jay

    so 2 Homeruns with a runner on second means we stole their signs? Even though we had 5 extra base hits without a runner on 2nd? QQ more Latos

  • BuckeyeDawg

    Yep. If someone is stealing your signs, maybe you need better signs. It’s part of the game.

  • http://twitter.com/brian_ristau Brian Ristau

    It’s part of baseball, deal with it.

  • http://twitter.com/GreatestHurley Jason Hurley

    And Derek Lowe got shelled, too. I don’t hear him whining about sign stealing.

  • Slooz

    Could someone call a waaambulance?

  • Bobby

    Don’t let them on base.

  • Garry_Owen

    Key sentences: “We changed up the signs, for the last hitter unfortunately. The outcomes changed when we changed up the signs today.”
    Golly gee whiz. Maybe you should have been more careful with your signs, or changed them earlier – especially if you put someone on 2nd.

  • http://twitter.com/TheKardiacKid TheKardiacKid

    Boo Hoo Mat. How about you pitch a little better than crying about an “unwritten rule”.

  • B-rad

    Maybe they should use Placards with famous people on them like football does. For instance:…..Richard Simmons, Oprah and Jay Leno….For a Sinker

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Neither team can pitch sign stealing should be the least of everyone’s worries.

  • Natedawg86

    “we were using 1 finger for fastball…”

  • Jay

    HA! I was thinking the same thing.
    “One for fastball, 2 for curve…..”

  • Tom

    Stealing signs is definitely a part of the game. If they were stealing signs, Latos has no one to blame but himself and his catcher, it’s their responsibility to disguise their calls. Boy are these Reds players dramatic!

  • mgbode

    he had no movement on his pitches, hitters had no problems figuring him out before there was a man on 2B, and he has an ERA well over 5.0 before the game (so it’s not like him getting hit hard is new).

    grow up Mr. Latos.

  • Hypno_Toad

    And who does he blame for all those runners getting to second base in the first place?

  • mrmafaka

    If the Tribe was stealing signs I fail to see the problem here, its a part of the game, there are no rules against it, whats next, no stealing 2ND base.