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Mike Leake | Starting Pitcher | #8

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 lasted only 3 1/3 innings while giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits in an interleague loss to the Mariners on Saturday.
Leake registered only one strikeout to go with two walks. All nine hits he allowed were singles but the Mariners bunched them together to good effect. He falls to 5-5 with a 4.25 ERA. Throughout his career Leake has been a consistent, reliable, league-average pitcher in terms of ERA (career 3.89 ERA) with a low strikeout rate (6.05 K/9 career). That has good value in deep fantasy leagues but leaves his owners looking for a better option in standard mixed leagues. Jun 26 - 2:17 AM

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Mike Leake surrendered three runs -- two earned -- over six innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Rangers.

St. Louis' bullpen blew another lead as the Cardinals dropped the entire three-game set against the visiting Rangers. Leake went without a walk for his third straight outing, but he did allow eight hits -- two of which were homers. The right-hander will carry a 4.00 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Mariners.
Jun 19 - 5:32 PM

Mike Leake pitched well in Sunday's victory over the Pirates, allowing just two runs on six hits over his seven frames.

The right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon and didn't walk a batter. All of the damage against him came on a pair of run-scoring singles in the fourth inning by David Freese and Starling Marte. He has done a nice job of limiting base-runners this season, posting a 1.14 WHIP to go along with a 4.08 ERA. Now 5-4 on the season, Leake will look to carry over this fine performance when he does battle against the Rangers on Sunday.
Jun 12 - 8:40 PM

Mike Leake wasn't treated well by his former team Tuesday, as the Reds pummeled him for six runs over 6 1/3 frames.

Leake surrendered a pair of home runs for the fourth time in his last eight starts, with the big one being a three-run blast by Adam Duvall in the fourth inning. The sinkerballer had been pitching quite well of late, so hopefully this is just a hiccup. He'll try to get back on track this weekend in Pittsburgh.
Jun 7 - 11:14 PM

Mike Leake held the Brewers to two runs over six innings in a win Tuesday.

Leake gave up a home run to Jonathan Lucroy but yielded just five hits and a walk in total. The right-hander struck out four in the outing. Leake had a three-game winning streak snapped his last time out, but he's still 4-1 in his last five with five straight quality starts. He'll carry a 3.82 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into Tuesday's start against his former team, the Reds.
May 31 - 11:40 PM

Mike Leake allowed two solo home runs over seven innings Thursday, taking the loss against the Nationals.

Leake gave up seven hits and a walk in the outing, with solo home runs by Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa doing the only damage. Unfortunately for Leake, it was enough, sending him to his first loss in the month of May. It was still another quality start for the right-hander, who has now rattled off four in a row after a poor start to the year. Leake owns a 3.90 ERA and 1.16 WHIP heading into Tuesday's start at the Brewers.
May 26 - 9:46 PM

Mike Leake stayed on a roll Saturday, twirling seven shutout innings in a 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Leake gave up just four hits without walking a batter, inducing 14 groundouts on the day. It's the third consecutive strong start from the right-hander after a bumpy beginning to his Cardinals career. Leake is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA in his last three starts, leaving him at an even 3-3 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.16 WHIP overall. He'll try to make it four in a row Thursday at the Nationals.
May 21 - 7:05 PM

Mike Leake earned his second victory of the 2016 campaign on Sunday, twirling six innings of one-run ball against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Leake scattered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out three on the evening. The only damage against him came on a solo blast off the bat of Corey Seager in the third inning. He had thrown just 71 pitches through his six frames, but was lifted for a pinch hitter with two-on and two-out in the seventh inning, a move which allowed Yadier Molina to deliver a two-run double and put the Cardinals ahead. Leake will carry a 4.66 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks.
May 15 - 11:11 PM

Mike Leake pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Angels, yielding one run on six hits over eight innings.

Leake struck out five and walked one on the evening. The only run to score on his watch came when Kole Calhoun broke up the shutout with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Even with the nice performance, his overall numbers are less than desirable, as he has pitched to a 5.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 27/10 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings. Tuesday's start was the first in which he allowed fewer than three runs. He will find a similar result when he hits the road to face the Dodgers in his next scheduled start.
May 11 - 1:19 AM

Mike Leake was lifted after allowing four runs in five innings Wednesday against the Phillies.

Leake had a very good spring, but he's opened the regular season by giving up four or five runs in six straight outings. We wouldn't go dropping him in mixed leagues -- he's just in such a good situation in St. Louis -- but it'd be great to see some improvement from him next time out against the Angels.
May 4 - 11:47 PM

Mike Leake struggled again Friday, allowing five runs over seven innings in a loss to the Nationals.

Leake gave up four runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer by Danny Espinosa. He struck out two and walked one in the loss. Signed to a five-year, $80 million deal over the winter, Leake is 0-3 with a disappointing 5.83 ERA through five starts. He’ll try to get in the win column next week against the Phillies at home.
Apr 30 - 12:15 AM

Mike Leake allowed five runs -- three earned -- over five innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Padres.

Another iffy outing from the 28-year-old right-hander, who has surrendered at least four runs in each of his first four starts with St. Louis. He gave up seven hits Sunday and walked two, and he probably would have fallen to 0-3 on the year but the Cardinals managed a late comeback at Petco Park. Leake, who signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Cardinals this offseason, will try to settle in next time out against the Nationals.
Apr 24 - 8:16 PM

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

Leake pitched well for most of the night, but things turned sour in the seventh when a would-be double play ball was booted and then thrown away by Aledmys Diaz. The sinkerballer struck out six and walked just one in what was his best start so far of the season. He'll face the Padres this weekend.
Apr 18 - 10:57 PM

Mike Leake allowed four earned runs over six innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' loss to the Brewers.

Leake also gave up four earned runs (over 4 1/3 innings) in his Cardinals debut last Wednesday in Pittsburgh. His big problem at PNC Park was a rough first inning, and the Brewers did score one against him in the top of the first Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. Leake then gave up one more in the fourth and two in the fifth, surrendering eight total hits on the evening. The right-hander will try to settle in next week against the rival Cubs.
Apr 13 - 11:06 PM

Mike Leake gave up four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings as he lost his Cardinals debut Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

Leake had trouble from the jump, needing a whopping 42 pitches to get through the bottom of the first. Pittsburgh only scored one run in that frame but got to Leake for three more in the fifth. The $80 million right-hander had a great showing this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he did not fare well in cold conditions Wednesday night at PNC Park. His next start will be at home in St. Louis against the Brewers.
Apr 6 - 10:21 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Kolten Wong
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Jordan Walden
5Jonathan Broxton
6Tyler Lyons
7Matt Bowman
8Seth Maness
9Mitch Harris