Officially, hitting streaks don't carry over from one season to the next. Mat Latos feels the same should hold true when it comes to losing streaks for a pitcher.

Dating back to last season, Latos has lost eight consecutive starts.

"I didn't lose eight straight starts because I had four months off," Latos argued.

Bottom line, though, when Latos takes the mound this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves, he will have lost his last eight starts.

His struggles at the end of last season can be attributed to fatigue. He worked 189 2/3 innings, 66 2/3 more than in 2009. He's off to a slow start this season (0-3, 5.94 ERA), in part he said, because of a spring training shoulder injury that landed him on the disabled list to open the season.

"The way I've been approaching it, in spring training, I wasn't off to a great start, I had the injury happen, I missed a few starts, now I'm just trying to get back," Latos said.

Walks and home runs have been his biggest problems through three starts. In 16 2/3 innings he has allowed nine walks (4.9 per nine innings) and five home runs (2.7 per nine innings). In 2010 he averaged 2.4 walks and .78 homers per nine innings.