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Mike Leake | Starting Pitcher | #8

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 170
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (8) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Mike Leake stayed on a roll Saturday, twirling seven shutout innings in a 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
Leake gave up just four hits without walking a batter, inducing 14 groundouts on the day. It's the third consecutive strong start from the right-hander after a bumpy beginning to his Cardinals career. Leake is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA in his last three starts, leaving him at an even 3-3 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.16 WHIP overall. He'll try to make it four in a row Thursday at the Nationals. May 21 - 7:05 PM

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Mike Leake earned his second victory of the 2016 campaign on Sunday, twirling six innings of one-run ball against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Leake scattered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out three on the evening. The only damage against him came on a solo blast off the bat of Corey Seager in the third inning. He had thrown just 71 pitches through his six frames, but was lifted for a pinch hitter with two-on and two-out in the seventh inning, a move which allowed Yadier Molina to deliver a two-run double and put the Cardinals ahead. Leake will carry a 4.66 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks.
May 15 - 11:11 PM

Mike Leake pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Angels, yielding one run on six hits over eight innings.

Leake struck out five and walked one on the evening. The only run to score on his watch came when Kole Calhoun broke up the shutout with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Even with the nice performance, his overall numbers are less than desirable, as he has pitched to a 5.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 27/10 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings. Tuesday's start was the first in which he allowed fewer than three runs. He will find a similar result when he hits the road to face the Dodgers in his next scheduled start.
May 11 - 1:19 AM

Mike Leake was lifted after allowing four runs in five innings Wednesday against the Phillies.

Leake had a very good spring, but he's opened the regular season by giving up four or five runs in six straight outings. We wouldn't go dropping him in mixed leagues -- he's just in such a good situation in St. Louis -- but it'd be great to see some improvement from him next time out against the Angels.
May 4 - 11:47 PM

Mike Leake struggled again Friday, allowing five runs over seven innings in a loss to the Nationals.

Leake gave up four runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer by Danny Espinosa. He struck out two and walked one in the loss. Signed to a five-year, $80 million deal over the winter, Leake is 0-3 with a disappointing 5.83 ERA through five starts. He’ll try to get in the win column next week against the Phillies at home.
Apr 30 - 12:15 AM

Mike Leake allowed five runs -- three earned -- over five innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Padres.

Another iffy outing from the 28-year-old right-hander, who has surrendered at least four runs in each of his first four starts with St. Louis. He gave up seven hits Sunday and walked two, and he probably would have fallen to 0-3 on the year but the Cardinals managed a late comeback at Petco Park. Leake, who signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Cardinals this offseason, will try to settle in next time out against the Nationals.
Apr 24 - 8:16 PM

Mike Leake was charged with four runs -- three earned -- over seven innings in Monday's loss to the Cubs.

Leake pitched well for most of the night, but things turned sour in the seventh when a would-be double play ball was booted and then thrown away by Aledmys Diaz. The sinkerballer struck out six and walked just one in what was his best start so far of the season. He'll face the Padres this weekend.
Apr 18 - 10:57 PM

Mike Leake allowed four earned runs over six innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' loss to the Brewers.

Leake also gave up four earned runs (over 4 1/3 innings) in his Cardinals debut last Wednesday in Pittsburgh. His big problem at PNC Park was a rough first inning, and the Brewers did score one against him in the top of the first Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. Leake then gave up one more in the fourth and two in the fifth, surrendering eight total hits on the evening. The right-hander will try to settle in next week against the rival Cubs.
Apr 13 - 11:06 PM

Mike Leake gave up four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings as he lost his Cardinals debut Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

Leake had trouble from the jump, needing a whopping 42 pitches to get through the bottom of the first. Pittsburgh only scored one run in that frame but got to Leake for three more in the fifth. The $80 million right-hander had a great showing this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he did not fare well in cold conditions Wednesday night at PNC Park. His next start will be at home in St. Louis against the Brewers.
Apr 6 - 10:21 PM

Mike Leake tossed four scoreless innings and struck out five Thursday against the Yankees.

Pineda ends the spring with a 2.25 ERA and a 24/2 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. Pitching for the Cardinals will likely make him look better than pitching for the Reds did, particularly from a fantasy perspective. He makes for a fine fifth or sixth starter in mixed leagues.
Mar 31 - 4:35 PM

Mike Leake fanned six in four scoreless innings Monday against the Twins.

He allowed just one hit and walked none. Leake has typically been a slow starter in spring training, but he's thrown six scoreless innings this month, picking up eight strikeouts so far.
Mar 14 - 4:16 PM

Mike Leake worked a pair of scoreless innings against the Marlins in his spring debut Wednesday.

Leake has a history of poor spring numbers, though he reversed course with a 1.35 ERA in five starts for the Reds last March. Clearly, it hasn't mattered much for his regular-season numbers either way.
Mar 9 - 4:58 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Mike Leake to a five-year, $80 million contract.

Leake's contract includes a full no-trade clause and a mutual sixth-year option. He just turned 28 in November. Last season, he posted a 3.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 119/49 K/BB ratio across 192 innings (30 starts) while splitting time between the Reds and Giants. Leake's not a strikeout machine, but he's registered ERAs south of 4.00 in four of his six major league seasons.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 03:11:00 PM

MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports that the Cardinals and free agent right-hander Mike Leake have agreed to a five-year contract, pending a physical.

Cotillo reports that the deal is worth $75 million while FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that it's for $80 million. Rosenthal adds that the contract includes a full no-trade clause. It will also likely include an option, per both reporters. While the 28-year-old right-hander's numbers might not leap off the stat sheet, Leake's a serviceable back-end starter. Last season, he held a 3.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 119/49 K/BB ratio across 192 innings (30 starts).
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 10:58:00 AM

MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports that the Cardinals are close to signing free agent right-hander Mike Leake.

Cotillo called the Cards a "strong contender" to sign Leake on Monday. His name had also been previously attached to the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Last season, Leake pitched to a 3.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 119/49 K/BB ratio in 30 starts (192 innings) between the Reds and Giants. It's been reported that he's looking for a deal in the neighborhood of five years, $70-80 million. He turned 28 in November.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 09:54:00 AM

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C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Brandon Moss
2Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Ruben Tejada
3Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Jeremy Hazelbaker
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Kevin Siegrist
3Seung Hwan Oh
4Jordan Walden
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Matt Bowman
9Mitch Harris
10Dean Kiekhefer