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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 was scratched from his scheduled start against the Athletics on Saturday due to shingles.
It's unclear at the moment how much time the right-hander may miss. Rookie right-hander Alex Reyes will start in his place on Saturday and would likely occupy his rotation spot for as long as Leake is sidelined. Aug 27 - 12:18 AM

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Mike Leake fired seven scoreless innings Sunday in the Cardinals' rout of the Phillies.

Leake gave up seven hits but they were all singles. He struck out eight and walked just one. This has been a very up and down first season with St. Louis for Leake, who will carry a 4.56 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into his next start at home against the Athletics. He's been good in stretches.
Aug 21 - 5:00 PM

Mike Leake logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Cubs on Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits over six frames.

Leake struck out four and walked one in the ballgame. The Cubs scratched out a pair of runs against him in the first inning, but Leake settled in nicely afterwards, keeping them off the board until an RBI single from Anthony Rizzo in his final inning. He'll carry a 4.78 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into Sunday's matchup against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
Aug 14 - 11:17 PM

Mike Leake didn't have his best stuff Tuesday but was able to register a quality start, allowing three runs over six innings against the Reds.

Leake yielded six hits and walked four -- while somehow not striking out a single batter -- on the evening. It was a better showing than the last time out against his former club, but the no-decision keeps him at 8-9 with a 4.79 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 23 starts this year. Fortunately for Leake, his next start isn't against his former team. Unfortunately for Leake, that's because it's against the Cubs on Sunday.
Aug 10 - 12:27 AM

Mike Leake was pounded for seven runs in five-plus innings by the Reds on Thursday.

Mike Matheny allowed the game to get away from Leake and the Cardinals after the right-hander gave up a walk, an RBI double, a HBP and another RBI double to open the sixth inning. The two remaining baserunners came around to score after Leake was lifted. Leake's peripherals have been better lately, but he's given up 19 earned runs in his last three starts, taking his ERA from 4.00 to 4.80.
Aug 4 - 3:57 PM

Mike Leake got the win Friday despite giving up six runs over five innings against the Marlins.

It wasn’t pretty, but he’ll take it. The Cardinals scored six runs in the top of the fifth inning to give Leake a huge lead, but he was touched up for five runs in the bottom of the frame and was pulled after six at 87 pitches. While he got the win, Leake has now allowed 13 runs (12 earned) over his last two starts to balloon his ERA from 4.00 to 4.50 for the year. He’ll try to get back on track next week against the Reds in Cincinnati.
Jul 29 - 11:58 PM

Mike Leake allowed 12 hits and seven runs -- six earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

It just wasn't Leake's day, as he surrendered four runs in the third inning before giving up three more in the sixth. To his credit, Leake didn't walk a batter while striking out four. It wasn't much of a consolation for the right-hander, who fell to 7-8 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with the loss. Leake will try to get his record back to even when he faces the Marlins next weekend.
Jul 23 - 10:47 PM

Mike Leake whiffed a season-high 11 batters over six innings of one-run ball in Monday's 10-2 victory over the Padres.

Where are all these strikeouts coming from? It's Leake's second straight start with 10+ whiffs after he failed to strike out more than six in any of his first 17 outings. He had a chance for more with just 88 pitches thrown through six frames, but the Cardinals pinch-hit for him in the sixth when they had a scoring opportunity. It's been an up-and-down season for Leake, but perhaps he's starting to hit his stride. He'll attempt to keep it going versus the Dodgers on Saturday.
Jul 19 - 12:22 AM

Mike Leake struck out 10 batters over seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Cardinals' 5-1 defeat of the Brewers.

Leake gave up a double and an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning but settled in nicely from there, yielding just four more hits the rest of the way. He walked none, which has been a common theme for the 28-year-old right-hander over the last several weeks. Leake goes into the All-Star break with a 4.14 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 111 innings.
Jul 10 - 5:24 PM

Mike Leake allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings in a loss to the Pirates on Tuesday.

It was Leake's former teammate Eric Fryer who did the bulk of the damage, as the backstop had three of the Pirates' five RBI against the right-hander. Some bad games are going to happen when you rely on batted ball luck, but Leake has now lost three straight starts to fall to 5-7. Leake will carry a 4.33 ERA and 1.23 WHIP into Sunday's first half finale against the Brewers.
Jul 6 - 12:02 AM

Mike Leake allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over seven innings in Thursday's loss to the Royals.

Leake was pretty good, but shoddy defense -- the Cardinals committed three errors on the night, and the Royals' second run scored on a pop up that hit Jhonny Peralta's glove but wasn't ruled an error -- didn't help his cause. The right-hander walked just one while striking out four in the game. He's got a 4.13 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through 16 starts, going 5-6 overall. Leake will look for better luck, and better defense, Tuesday against the Pirates.
Jul 1 - 12:03 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Brandon Moss
2Matt Adams
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Kolten Wong
3Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Tommy Pham
2Randal Grichuk
3Jeremy Hazelbaker
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Luke Weaver
7Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Zach Duke
5Matt Bowman
6Tyler Lyons
7Alex Reyes
8Seth Maness
9Jonathan Broxton
10Jerome Williams
11Miguel Socolovich
12Jordan Walden
13Mitch Harris