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Mike Leake | Starting Pitcher | #8

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 170
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (8) / CIN
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Mike Leake gave up four runs over seven innings in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.
Leake's run of nine straight quality starts to begin the season comes to an end. He allowed three runs over his first six frames in this one, but he was sent back out for the seventh with his pitch count low and gave up a sac fly. The sinkerballer gave up just six hits and a walk while striking out six but served up a couple longballs. Leake gets the Cubs at Wrigley this weekend. May 29 - 5:27 PM

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Mike Leake limited the Dodgers to one run over eight innings to win Wednesday.

Leake brought his ERA back under 2.00 to 1.91 tonight. He's allowed just 47 hits and four homers in 61 1/3 innings. In his first year in St. Louis, he had similar strikeout and walk rates to what he does now, but he gave up 203 hits and 20 homers in 176 2/3 innings. Maybe he remains above average, but he's a definite sell-high candidate.
May 25 - 1:15 AM

Mike Leake wasn't involved in the decision after allowing two runs in seven innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Leake is still sitting pretty with a 2.03 ERA, but he has given up four homers in his last three starts after going without one in his first five. We all know Leake isn't really a 2.00-ERA kind of guy. His owners should just hope he remains a respectable mixed-league SP the rest of the way.
May 18 - 12:53 AM

Mike Leake took his second loss after giving up two runs in six innings Friday against the Cubs.

Leake is a perfect 7-for-7 in quality starts, which is a big change from last year. He opened last season 0-3 with a 6.03 ERA in his first six starts.
May 13 - 12:56 AM

Mike Leake held the Braves to three runs on three hits over seven innings in a win Saturday.

Leake really made only one mistake, which Adonis Garcia deposited in the seats for a three-run homer in the seventh inning. The right-hander was otherwise stellar, striking out just two while getting 10 ground ball outs for his sixth consecutive quality start. That the start was his worst, statistically, of his six this season speaks to the kind of year Leake has had to date. He'll carry a 1.79 ERA and 0.94 WHIP into Friday's start against the division-rival Cubs.
May 6 - 10:18 PM

Mike Leake tossed six innings of one-run ball Sunday in a no-decision versus the Reds.

Cincinnati mounted a comeback against the St. Louis bullpen to steal a 5-4 victory at Busch Stadium. Leake gave up eight hits but struck out five and induced eight groundouts. He also issued just one walk. The 29-year-old right-hander will take an impressive 1.35 ERA and 0.99 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Braves.
Apr 30 - 5:52 PM

Saturday afternoon's contest between the Cardinals and Reds has been postponed due to inclement weather.

No makeup date has been announced. It's currently hailing in St. Louis and harsh weather was expected throughout the afternoon, so they made a wise choice cancelling this one early. Look for Saturday's scheduled starters, Mike Leake and Bronson Arroyo, to be pushed back until Sunday.
Apr 29 - 11:34 AM

Mike Leake held the Brewers to two earned runs over six innings Sunday for his third victory.

Leake walked three but gave up only three hits in another fine outing. The 29-year-old right-hander is now 3-1 on the season with a 1.32 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 20/4 K/BB ratio in four starts covering 27 1/3 innings. A matchup at home versus the Reds is next.
Apr 23 - 5:39 PM

Mike Leake’s superb start to the season continued Tuesday, as he tossed 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball versus the Pirates in a 2-1 win.

The sinkerballer recorded just one strikeout on the night, but he didn’t walk anyone and five of the seven base knocks he gave up were singles. The only run charged to Leake crossed the plate on a groundout in the sixth inning. Leake boasts a 0.84 ERA and has matched it with a 0.84 WHIP in his first three outings. He’ll face the Brewers at Miller Park on Sunday as he looks to continue his fine start.
Apr 18 - 11:54 PM

Mike Leake was masterful in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Nationals, hurling seven innings of shutout ball while striking out seven.

Leake surrendered just four hits and did not walk a batter on the afternoon. He finished his brilliant outing having thrown 103 pitches (65 strikes). This was the second consecutive gem by Leake, who handcuffed the Reds for just one run allowed over eight innings in his 2017 season debut. All in all, Leake holds a minuscule 0.60 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 13/1 K/BB ratio across 15 innings. He will try to keep the good times rolling in a home start against the Pirates next time out.
Apr 12 - 7:32 PM

Mike Leake was handed a tough-luck loss in his season debut Friday after allowing just one run over eight innings against the Reds.

The only damage was Joey Votto’s RBI double in the sixth, but Leake didn’t get any support from his offense on this night. He gave up six hits in all while walking just one batter and striking out six. Leake struggled with a 4.69 ERA over 30 starts in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal with St. Louis, so at least he’s starting his second season on a high note.
Apr 7 - 11:24 PM

Mike Leake scattered seven hits over six innings in the Cardinals' 3-0 shutout of the Marlins on Sunday.

Leake lowered his spring ERA to 3.81. He was terrific last spring before his disappointing season, finishing with a 2.25 ERA and a 24/2 K/BB ratio in 20 innings during Grapefruit League action. This year, he has a 14/6 K/BB ratio in 26 innings. He looks like a fringe guy in mixed leagues right now.
Mar 26 - 3:37 PM

Mike Leake allowed one run over four innings Friday in a win over the Nationals.

Leake gave up a Bryce Harper homer, but he retired the other 12 batters he faced today. He's hoping for a bounce-back season after a disappointing start to his Cardinals career. He has a 3.27 ERA and no walks through 11 innings this spring.
Mar 10 - 5:14 PM

Mike Leake pitched three hitless innings and struck out three Tuesday against the Braves.

Leake wasn't any good last year, but since he has $68 million left on his current deal, he doesn't have anything to worry about this spring. He'll probably prove to be a reliable fourth starter in his second year in St. Louis.
Feb 28 - 4:24 PM

Mike Leake said Thursday that he finally feels healthy enough to re-gain the weight he lost following last year's bout with shingles.

It's been five months since he was first diagnosed with the virus, but Leake noted that the ailment "affects your body for a few months, that’s for sure." Leake is currently at 170 pounds, although he'd like to get up to 190 pounds by Opening Day. The righty held a 5.47 ERA in five starts last season after returning from shingles. Assuming health and what should be a better defense behind him, Leake should fare much better than last year's 4.69 ERA in 2017.
Jan 20 - 10:18 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Carpenter
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Paul DeJong
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jhonny Peralta
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Brett Cecil
3Kevin Siegrist
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8John Brebbia
9Zach Duke