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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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Reds and RHP Mike Leake avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.775 million contract.
Leake was arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. The solid right-hander posted a 3.70 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and a 164/50 K/BB ratio in 2014 and will be a big part of the Reds' rotation again in 2015. Jan 16 - 1:42 PM

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Mike Leake got a no-decision in Friday's loss to the Pirates, giving up just one run in seven innings.

Leake suffered through a tough September but ends his season on a high note. The right-hander scattered three hits (one was a solo home run to Gaby Sanchez) and two walks while striking out eight. Leake put together another solid season, ending 2014 with an 11-13 record, 3.70 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and a 164/50 K/BB ratio. The bump in his strikeout rate makes him an intriguing mixed league option next year.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:06:00 PM

Mike Leake allowed six runs (five earned) over five innings in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Cardinals.

Leake was mainly done in by two Cardinal home runs. Tony Cruz hit a three-run shot in the second and Kolten Wong smacked a two-run bomb in the third. In addition to the five earned runs and six hits on his line, Leake struck out four and walked two. He was pulled after five innings, having thrown just 70 pitches. Leake's record fell to 11-13 after the defeat. He holds an ERA of 3.78 and a WHIP of 1.26 this season. Leake will trot out against the Pirates for his last regular season start.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 10:46:00 PM

Mike Leake allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Leake gave up eight hits and walked three, so he was actually fortunate that only three runs crossed the plate. The loss was his first since August 13, dropping him to 11-12 on the year. He's had another strong year despite the Reds' struggles, owning a 3.65 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 152/46 K/BB ratio over 202 1/3 innings this season. He's got the Cardinals on deck in St. Louis Saturday.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 06:07:00 PM

Mike Leake turned in a quality start Tuesday, allowing three runs over six innings in a win over the Cardinals.

Leake was arguably even better than his statline suggests, as two of the three runs against him scored after he left the game. He gave up eight hits in total, striking out six without walking a batter. The win pulled Leake's record even at 11-11, and the right-hander owns a 3.62 ERA through 30 starts this season. He's still got some work to do to reach the 14 wins he notched last season, and he'll look for another win Sunday at the Brewers.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:50:00 PM

Mike Leake was hammered, yielding seven runs in four innings, but took a no-decision in Thursday's defeat against the Orioles.

Leake, who entered the game having tossed 13 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings surrendered three home runs overall, including two to Nelson Cruz and Nick Hundley in a six-run first inning. The right-hander gave up seven hits and walked one while striking out two. Leake owns a 3.59 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 143/43 K/BB ratio. He'll try to rebound in a home start against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 10:52:00 PM

Mike Leake fired seven scoreless innings Friday against the Pirates, but was handed a no-decision.

Leake scattered six hits while walking none and striking out one. While another win would have been nice, he now has back-to-back scoreless outings under his belt. He'll carry a 3.38 ERA into a start against the Orioles in Baltimore next week.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:46:00 PM

Mike Leake got a no-decision, allowing four runs in seven innings, but the Reds lost 6-5 to the Cardinals in 10 innings on Monday.

The Cardinals were able to square up Leake early, scoring three runs through the first three innings. On the evening, Leake gave up eight hits and one walk while striking out five. He'll take a 3.65 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 134/39 K/BB ratio into Saturday's home start against the Braves.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:02:00 AM

Mike Leake was charged with five runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox.

Leake actually hit his fourth career home run at the plate, but he also served up the decisive two-run shot to Mike Napoli in the fifth inning. The right-hander came into the game having allowed just three runs over his previous three starts, and the five runs he allowed Wednesday were the most he's given up since early June. He'll try to bounce back in St. Louis next week.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 03:49:00 PM

Mike Leake suffered a tough luck loss against the Marlins on Friday, surrendering just two runs on five hits over his seven innings of work.

Leake punched out seven on the night while walking four. He kept the Marlins at bay until a Jarrod Saltalamacchia sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, then Giancarlo Stanton delivered the decisive blow with a mammoth homer in the seventh. Now 9-10 on the season, Leake will bring a 3.42 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 126/37 K/BB ratio into Thursday's matchup against the Rockies in Colorado.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 09:59:00 PM

Mike Leake allowed one run on three hits over six innings in a win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Leake wasn't spotless, walking four in the outing, but he was good enough for his ninth win. He's now won two straight, allowing one run in his last 13 2/3 innings, to lower his ERA to 3.46. He'll get a chance to make it a double when he squares off with the Marlins again on Friday.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 04:33:00 PM

Mike Leake finished out the month of July with a superb start, shutting the D'Backs out over 7 2/3 innings to pick up his eighth win on Tuesday.

The last two months haven't been so kind to the right-hander, as he entered June with a 2.92 ERA and exits July at 3.53. On this night, however, he was dominant, limiting the Arizona lineup to five hits while walking none and striking out eight. Leake left with two outs in the eighth after hitting Miguel Montero with a pitch to put runners on first and second, but reliever Jonathan Broxton retired Mark Trumbo to eliminate the threat. Leake will try to begin August on the right foot when he faces the Marlins on the road next Sunday.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 09:51:00 PM

Mike Leake surrendered four earned runs in six innings Wednesday in the Reds' loss to the Brewers.

It was the third straight four-run outing for Leake, who now has a 3.73 ERA on the year. He didn't walk a batter Wednesday at Miller Park, but the Brewers pounded him for 11 hits -- including a homer, a double, and a triple. Leake will try to right the ship next week at home against the Diamondbacks.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 04:57:00 PM

Mike Leake allowed four runs over seven innings in Friday's loss to the Yankees.

The difference in the ballgame was a two-run homer from Jacoby Ellsbury in the fifth inning. Leake yielded eight hits and two walks to go along with five strikeouts. He's now 7-8 on the year, but still owns a fine 3.63 ERA over 20 starts. Up next is a start against the division-rival Brewers.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 10:00:00 PM

Mike Leake yielded three runs -- two earned -- in seven innings Monday as part of the Reds' 9-3 win over the Cubs.

Except for a poor run in the first half of June, Leake has been excellent all year. He's gone at least five innings in all 18 of his starts, and he's currently on pace for career-best strikeout and walk rates. There isn't much reason to expect a slowdown now.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 12:14:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
4Lou Marson
1B1Joey Votto
2Josh Satin
3Neftali Soto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Irving Falu
SS1Zack Cozart
2Eugenio Suarez
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
3Chris Dominguez
LF1Marlon Byrd
2Brennan Boesch
3Donald Lutz
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
3Kyle Waldrop
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Homer Bailey
3Mike Leake
4Tony Cingrani
5Anthony DeSclafani
6Raisel Iglesias
7Dylan Axelrod
8David Holmberg
9Paul Maholm
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Jumbo Diaz
3Sam LeCure
4Burke Badenhop
5Sean Marshall
6JJ Hoover
7Manny Parra
8Jose Mijares
9Pedro Villarreal
10Carlos Contreras
11Daniel Corcino
12Ryan Dennick
13Kevin Gregg
14Nate Adcock