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Mike Leake | Starting Pitcher | #8

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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 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

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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

Mike Leake allowed two earned runs over five innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' loss to the Reds.

It was much better than some of his other recent outings, but the Cardinals could muster only one run of support on seven hits. Leake struck out six and walked none, and the two runs against him came on a bloop single by Adam Duvall in the top of the third inning. Leake finishes the 2016 regular season with a 9-12 record, 4.69 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 125/30 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He's under contract with St. Louis through 2020 on a five-year, $80 million deal he signed last winter.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 11:09:00 PM

Mike Leake lasted just 3 1/3 innings Friday, allowing five runs in a loss to the Cubs.

The Cubs jumped on Leake early with four hits, a walk and four runs in the first inning. It turned out to be all they needed, as Jake Arrieta overmatched the Cardinals. Leake had put up two straight quality starts, but this was obviously another step backward. He'll take an ugly 4.72 ERA into next week's start versus the Reds.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 05:38:00 PM

Mike Leake turned in a solid outing on Saturday, holding the Giants to two runs in six innings but did not factor into the decision as the Cardinals won 3-2.

He allowed seven hits and one base-on-balls while striking out three in the ballgame. It was a pitchers' duel most of the evening and the Cardinal's didn't take the lead until the last inning. Leake has not been quite as successful in his first year in St. Louis as he was for six years in Cincinnati. He is 9-10 with a 4.54 ERA in 28 starts. He doesn't help fantasy teams much in the strikeout category, fanning only 118 batters in 168 1/3 innings.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 12:45:00 AM

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

Leake was undone by the longball, as Ben Zobrist slugged a solo homer in the second inning and Dexter Fowler smacked a two-run shot in the fifth. It was an improvement over the righty's first start off the disabled list but yet another ho-hum effort in a season that's been full of them. Leake faces the Giants in San Francisco this weekend.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:01:00 PM

Mike Leake allowed three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' loss to the Pirates.

Leake escaped with a no-decision as the Pirates didn't take the lead for good until Jung Ho Kang's go-ahead solo shot off Alex Reyes in the bottom of the eighth inning. Leake struggled, yielding nine hits and walking one while failing to make it out of the fifth. Maybe this rotation spot should belong to Reyes, who was otherwise brilliant Wednesday outside of that Kang home run. Leake is sitting on a 4.61 ERA for the year.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 10:15:00 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Mike Leake from the 15-day disabled list.

Leake will start against the Pirates on Wednesday. He was initially placed on the shelf with shingles on August 21. Prior to coming down with the virus, the 28-year-old right-hander had pitched to a 4.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 108/24 K/BB ratio over 152 innings (26 starts).
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 06:29:00 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed after Monday's game that Mike Leake (shingles) will indeed return to the rotation to start Wednesday against the Pirates.

In turn, rookie Alex Reyes will be moved back to the bullpen. Leake has been sidelined since August 21 due to the shingles virus. The 28-year-old owns a 4.56 ERA through 25 starts in his first season with St. Louis.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 07:58:00 PM

Mike Leake (shingles) has been cleared to return to the Cardinals' rotation Wednesday.

He'll face the Pirates in his first start back from the shingles virus. Leake holds a 4.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 108/24 K/BB ratio through 152 innings this year -- the first year of a five-year, $80 million deal.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 02:01:00 PM

Mike Leake (shingles) is expected to return to the Cardinals' rotation this week.

Leake joined back up with his teammates on Sunday in Cincinnati after spending a over week away while battling shingles. He threw a bullpen session and felt fine. "I heard positive things [about the bullpen session]," manager Mike Matheny told reporters. "We will meet together as a staff, see how he's feeling, and see how much longer he might need."
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 09:51:00 AM

Mike Leake (shingles) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

Leake has been battling shingles for the last couple weeks but appears to be over the ailment. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote Sunday that Leake "is likely to be activated in the next day or so." He will presumably be re-inserted into the rotation, which means Alex Reyes is probably headed back to the bullpen soon.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 10:33:00 AM

Mike Leake (shingles) could throw off a mound Sunday.

Leake is making progress in his recovery from shingles. He's probably not going to have time for a rehab start, but the Cards might not have made the veteran make one, anyway. A return within the next week or so seems possible.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 05:58:00 PM

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S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
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