Mat Latos will make his first start as a member of the Nationals on Monday night, opposing the Mets’ Rafael Montero in a 7:05 PM game at Nationals Park.
All things considered, the 2016 season worked out for Latos. He was on the White Sox, who were expected to be more competitive than they turned out to be, and the right-hander worked up a measly 4.62 ERA over 11 starts. The club released him in mid-June, allowing him to sign with the Nationals by the end of the month. The White Sox are 68-74 in fourth place in the AL Central and the Nationals have a healthy nine-game lead over the Mets in the NL East.
Latos has made two appearances for the Nationals thus far. In his debut with the team, he went two innings against the Mets and gave up two runs, both on a Jay Bruce home run. He got one out in the 11th inning on Wednesday, his most recent appearance.
The Latos start itself doesn’t figure to be appointment television, but the season he has had is fascinating. He might end up with a World Series ring at the end of it.
The rest of Monday’s action…
Los Angeles Dodgers (Jose De Leon) @ New York Yankees (Bryan Mitchell), 7:05 PM EDT