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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 pitched seven shutout innings Monday in the Cardinals' 8-2 defeat of the Rockies.
Leake carved his way through a dangerous Colorado lineup, yielding only four hits -- all singles -- while striking out six batters and issuing zero walks. It was a nice bounceback effort from the 29-year-old right-hander, who was pounded for seven runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits last Wednesday by the Mets. He'll bring a cool 3.20 ERA into his next start at home versus the Diamondbacks. Jul 24 - 11:15 PM

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Mike Leake took a pounding on Wednesday, allowing seven runs -- four earned -- in two innings against the Mets.

He surrendered a whopping 10 base hits and a walk without striking out a batter in the brief outing. The Mets sprayed a steady stream of base knocks but at least Leake kept them in the park. It was a rare clunker for the veteran starter as he falls to 6-8 with a 3.39 ERA on the season. He lines up for two starts next week facing the Rockies and Diamondbacks, thankfully both at home.
Jul 19 - 10:51 PM

Mike Leake struggled with his command in Friday's no-decision against the Pirates, allowing two runs on seven hits and five walks over five innings.

Leake punched out three on the evening. While there were a plethora of baserunners, Leake was able to limit the damage to merely run-scoring singles in the third and fifth innings. While he has slowed after a terrific start to the season, he'll still carry a terrific 3.14 ERA and 1.20 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Mets in New York.
Jul 14 - 10:24 PM

Mike Leake surrendered eight runs (three earned) on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.

While Leake did cough up eight runs, the outing did not do a number on his ERA due to some shoddy defense from his teammates. Five of the eight runs on his line came in the second inning, with a three-run homer by Giancarlo Stanton serving as the big blow. That was the second homer Leake yielded to Stanton, who also took the veteran right-hander deep for a solo shot in the first inning. Leake finishes up the first half of the season the owner of a 3.12 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
Jul 5 - 11:35 PM

Mike Leake limited the Nationals to one run in eight innings as the Cardinals prevailed 8-1 Friday.

That's a lot better. His only strong outing in his previous six starts came against the hapless Phillies. The win tonight was his first since he pitched eight innings of one-run ball to beat the Dodgers on May 24.
Jun 30 - 11:43 PM

Mike Leake logged a quality start in Sunday's no-decision against the Pirates, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits over six frames.

Leake struck out two and walked two in the contest. The Pirates touched him up for three runs in the third inning and added another in the fourth, but Leake was able to keep the train on the tracks and fire another pair of scoreless innings before departing. While his performance has slid a bid recently, he still sports a terrific 3.12 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the season. He'll do battle against the Nationals his next time out at home on Friday.
Jun 25 - 11:43 PM

Mike Leake bounced back with six sharp innings Tuesday, yielding one run and three hits to the Phillies.

Leake had lost four straight starts. He didn't win tonight, since Jeremy Hellickson matched him, but it was still his first quality start since May 24.
Jun 20 - 10:54 PM

Mike Leake pitched six innings and gave up six runs Wednesday in a loss to the Brewers.

Leake opened up with nine straight quality starts, but he's 0-for-4 since (he did come close in two of those). His ERA is up to 3.14 after he finished April at 1.35 and May at 2.24. He'll probably be solid the rest of the way, but it was always obvious he was overachieving those first two months.
Jun 15 - 1:48 AM

Mike Leake surrendered three runs -- two earned -- and 10 hits in five innings Thursday in a loss to the Reds.

Leake was able to pitch out of a couple of jams in the first four innings, but his old team finally got to him in the fifth, scoring all three runs then. The Cards opted to pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the inning rather than send him back out for what likely would have been one more frame (he was at 86 pitches). Leake now has a 5-5 record to go along with his fine 2.70 ERA.
Jun 8 - 3:25 PM

Mike Leake surrendered five earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Cubs.

Leake gave up a solo homer to Javier Baez in the bottom of the third inning and a go-ahead grand slam to Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the seventh. It was the worst outing of the season for Leake, at least from a runs-allowed perspective, and he still holds a shiny 2.64 ERA over 75 total innings. The right-hander will look to bounce back next week against the Reds.
Jun 3 - 5:06 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
1B1Matt Carpenter
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Jedd Gyorko
LF1Tommy Pham
2Randal Grichuk
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Jose Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Trevor Rosenthal
3Kevin Siegrist
4Matt Bowman
5Brett Cecil
6Tyler Lyons
7John Brebbia
8Zach Duke