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Mike Leake | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mike Leake struggled with his control in giving up five runs over four innings in a loss to the Indians on Friday.
It was his shortest start of the season. Leake allowed seven hits and walked five batters while throwing just 44 out of 81 pitches for strikes. He also failed to strike out a batter for the first time this season. With back-to-back poor starts, his ERA now sits at 4.14 for the year. He'll look to rebound against the Rockies at home next week. May 22 - 10:48 PM

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Mike Leake was an absolute disaster in Saturday's 11-2 loss to the Giants, allowing nine runs on 11 hits in five innings.

To put this in context, Leake had allowed 13 runs total in his previous 49 2/3 innings. The Giants scored two in the second inning, one in the third, two in the fourth and capped things off with a Brandon Crawford grand slam in the fifth. And that's how you allow nine runs in five innings. We'll give Leake the benefit of the doubt here, as he really had been pitching well prior to this implosion. Even with the horrible start, he holds a 3.62 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with a 30/13 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings. He will attempt to allow fewer than nine runs in his next scheduled start, a road outing against the Indians.
May 16 - 10:35 PM

Mike Leake took a no-decision in Monday's loss to the Braves, limiting them to one run in six frames.

Leake gave up his only run in the fourth inning, when Andrelton Simmons drilled a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1. The right-hander gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out only one. Leake has quietly posted terrific numbers, owning a 2.36 ERA with a 0.97 WHIP and a 28/12 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings. He'll face the Giants at home in his next outing.
May 11 - 11:51 PM

Mike Leake fired eight shutout innings to pick up his second win of the season on Wednesday against the Pirates.

Leake scattered six hits -- all singles -- while walking none and striking out two. He's gone eight innings without allowing a run in back-to-back starts as he did it against the Braves his last time out. Now 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and a 27/10 K/BB ratio, Leake will look to make it three in a row as he faces the Braves at home in his next start.
May 6 - 9:46 PM

Mike Leake pitched eight scoreless innings and homered off Shelby Miller to propel the Reds to a 5-1 win over the Braves on Thursday.

Leake, one of MLB's best hitting pitchers since the day he entered the league, was hitless in 12 at-bats this spring before delivering his fifth career homer. He also pitched okay, limiting the Braves to two hits. He probably could have gone the distance, but manager Bryan Price opted to take him out after 97 pitches. It was Leake's first win of the season, though he has a 3.03 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.
Apr 30 - 10:12 PM

Mike Leake has been pushed back to start Thursday against the Braves.

Leake was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday, but the Reds are calling up Micheal Lorenzen to pitch instead. Thursday's start remains a favorable matchup for those in mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 28 - 3:44 PM

Mike Leake delivered a quality start in a no-decision against the Cubs on Friday, allowing three runs on four hits over his seven frames.

Leake punched out nine on the evening while issuing just one walk. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Anthony Rizzo blasting a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Chris Coghlan adding a solo shot in the seventh. Leake owns a 3.90 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 22/8 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings on the season. He'll take on the Brewers his next time out on Wednesday.
Apr 24 - 11:00 PM

Mike Leake delivered a strong performance against the Cardinals on Sunday Night, allowing two runs on four hits over eight innings in a complete game loss.

Leake struck out two on the night and didn't issue a walk, needing just 86 pitches to complete eight frames. After surrendering a leadoff homer to Matt Carpenter, he kept the Cardinals off the board until a Kolten Wong sacrifice fly in the eighth. Through three starts, he's now 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 13/7 K/BB ratio. He'll look for that elusive first win on Friday when he does battle against the Cubs.
Apr 19 - 10:11 PM

Mike Leake allowed four runs over seven innings in a no-decision Monday as the Reds lost 7-6 to the Cubs in 10 innings.

Leake was staked to a 3-0 lead before he took the mound, but immediately gave it back in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run Jorge Soler home run and a Starlin Castro RBI single. He allowed another home run in the sixth to Chris Coghlan. Overall, he gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out four. Leake has been less than stellar in his first two starts but will try to turn things around in St. Louis against the Cardinals next.
Apr 13 - 11:40 PM

Mike Leake allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision versus the Pirates on Wednesday.

Leake had trouble locating his pitches, walking six on the evening. He also allowed five hits and struck out six. Leake typically has good control, so chalk this one up to a bad outing, perhaps due to the rain-delayed start. He'll try to rebound next week at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
Apr 9 - 1:53 AM

Mike Leake made his final start of the spring, limiting the Indians to two runs over six innings.

Leake puts a bow on an extremely productive spring, scattering seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out one. His Cactus League line includes a 1.35 ERA and an 11/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. Leake registered the highest strikeout rate of his career and could be in for bigger and better things in his age-27 season just before heading into free agency.
Apr 2 - 5:32 PM

Mike Leake continued his Cactus League dominance in Sunday's start against the Athletics, surrendering just one run four hits over his five innings of work.

Leake fanned two on the afternoon without issuing a free pass.He has been outstanding through four spring starts, registering a 0.64 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 10/2 K/BB ratio across 13 innings. The 27-year-old hurler could be ready for a major step forward this season.
Mar 22 - 7:46 PM

Mike Leake delivered a strong performance in Tuesday's Cactus League victory over the Indians, scattering two hits and a walk over four scoreless innings.

The 27-year-old right-hander racked up four strikeouts on the afternoon. He has now fired nine shutout innings to begin the spring while posting a stellar 9/1 K/BB ratio. He has an extremely secure spot atop the Reds rotation and is slowly inching up fantasy draft boards as the regular season nears.
Mar 17 - 11:06 PM

Mike Leake tossed three scoreless innings in his start against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Leake is now up to five scoreless innings to start Cactus League action. He limited the D'Backs to two hits and a walk while striking out two. The 27-year-old right-hander, who could become a free agent after the season, has had the two best seasons of his career in 2013 and '14. He wrapped up last season with a 3.70 ERA and a 164/50 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings.
Mar 12 - 8:14 PM

Mike Leake faced the minimum over two innings in his Cactus League start against the Royals on Saturday.

The right-hander struck out three in the process. Leake has cemented his place in the Reds' rotation over the past two seasons, including with last year's performance in which he finished with a 3.70 ERA with a 164/50 K/BB ratio. He should once again prove dependable in 2015.
Mar 7 - 5:24 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
LF1Marlon Byrd
2Brennan Boesch
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mike Leake
3Anthony DeSclafani
4Jason Marquis
5Michael Lorenzen
6Raisel Iglesias
7Homer Bailey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Tony Cingrani
3Jumbo Diaz
4Burke Badenhop
5Manny Parra
6JJ Hoover
7Pedro Villarreal
8Ryan Mattheus
9Sean Marshall