Mat Latos driven from Marlins debut in the first inning


Offseason acquisition Mat Latos is not off to a promising start in Miami. The 27-year-old righty got lit up for seven earned runs on six hits and two walks Tuesday evening in his Marlins debut against the Braves — a debut that lasted less than inning. He recorded only two outs, and one of those outs came on a sacrifice bunt by opposing pitcher Alex Wood. Here’s how that top-of-the-first played out at Marlins Park …


Latos is currently sporting a 94.50 ERA. Many projected the Marlins to be a real contender this season in the National League and it’s silly to overreact to anything on April 7, but their starting rotation sure looks flimsy beyond Henderson Alvarez, who had a nice debut Monday. Jose Fernandez isn’t due to return from Tommy John surgery until June, and even the best pitchers tend to struggle in their first year back from that procedure.