PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mat Latos shared a laugh with home plate umpire Chris Guccione after his 34-pitch outing in his first start in Surprise on Tuesday, although he wouldn't divulge what exactly was so funny.
"I made something positive out of a negative day," Latos said, smiling.
The laughs with Guccione might have centered on Latos' surprising lack of command, as he walked four in one inning before leaving the game upon reaching his pitch count, after getting one out in the second inning.
"I felt fine, as bad as I looked," said Latos, who didn't appear too disturbed by the lack of command he showed. "I was missing by a lot. I threw it everywhere but the strike zone."
Despite the walks, Latos didn't allow a hit or run. He threw 34 pitches, 15 of which went for strikes. What was most confounding for Latos was what his command was sharp before the game in his bullpen session.
"That should never happen," Latos said of the walks. "I was spot-on in the bullpen ... I don't know what happened. Maybe I blew it all in the bullpen."
Last season, Latos averaged 2.44 walks per nine innings. He walked three or more batters in just seven of his 31 starts.