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44 Mike Leake SP
Height/Weight: 5-10/190 | Birthdate: 11/12/1987 | Birthplace: San Diego, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: Arizona State | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $3,060,000 | Owned/Started%: 69/38 | Average Draft Position: 233.96
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Mike Leake fans eight in final start of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake put together a dominant outing Friday night at home against the Pirates. However, he was unable to factor into the decision, as the Pirates scored two runs in the eighth inning to defeat Cincinnati 3-1.

Leake served up a solo home run in the fifth inning for his only blemish of the night. The right-hander permitted one run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Of his 106 pitches, 69 were strikes.

Leake ends his 2014 campaign 11-13 with a 3.70 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 164:50 K:BB ratio over 33 starts (214 1/3 innings).


Mike Leake knocked around Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake got knocked around Saturday against the Cardinals.

Leake allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. After a scoreless first, the Cardinals were able to get to Leake. With two outs in the second inning, the team mounted a mini-rally. After a double and a walk, Tony Cruz belted a three-run shot to left. A home run sunk Leake in the third inning as well. After hitting the leadoff man, Kolten Wong smacked a two-run shot. Leake would give up another run in the fifth inning, but it was due to an error. The run would be unearned. 

With the loss, Leake dropped to 11-13. He’ll take on the Pirates in his next start. 


Mike Leake suffering from dead arm


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake offered an explanation for his so-so start Sunday at Milwaukee. According to MLB.com, he wasn't pitching at 100 percent.

"I had a little dead arm today," he said. "I didn't have the full ability to give full effort today. Dead arm can get you. It's one of those things that's hard to explain, but everybody understands what it is."

Leake, who has a 7.31 ERA in three September starts, has thrown 202 1/3 innings this season, eclipsing 200 for the first time.

"Certainly not his best stuff, or more importantly, his best command," Reds manager Bryan Pricesaid. "He was behind a lot, yanking a lot of pitches off the plate. That doesn't happen very often with Leaker."

Leake's next start is scheduled for Saturday at St. Louis.


Mike Leake pitches decently in losing effort


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake allowed three runs over six innings and took the loss in Sunday's 9-2 defeat at Milwaukee. Leake (11-12) yielded eight hits and three walks while striking out three.

It was Leake's first loss since Aug. 13. He'll try to bounce back Sunday at St. Louis.


Mike Leake strikes out six in win vs. Cardinals Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake earned a win Tuesday, allowing three earned runs on eight hits in six-plus innings while striking out six in his team's 9-5 victory over the Cardinals.

Leake (11-11) held the Cardinals to one run in his first six innings of work but got into trouble in the seventh, leaving the game with runners on the corners and no outs. The bullpen eventually allowed both runs to score. Leake owns a 3.62 ERA and 149:43 K:BB ratio in 196 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers Sunday.


Mike Leake gets roughed up in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake was roughed up in a no-decision Thursday night against the Orioles in Baltimore. He permitted seven runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out two over four innings of work.

Leake did not allow an earned run in each of his previous two starts before Thursday's meltdown. He owns a 3.59 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 29 starts (190 1/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at home against St. Louis.

Mike Leake turns in excellent start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake turned in an excellent start Friday against the Pirates. 

Leake allowed six hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out one and did not issue a walk during the appearance. Leake didn’t really put himself in a bad situation all night. The only inning where he fell into some trouble was the sixth. After getting the first two outs, Leake gave up a double and a single. He was able to pitch out of it, though. It was the only inning Leake put more than one man on base. 

Leake was matched by Edinson Volquez throughout the start. Despite the strong performance, he picked up a no-decision. Leake will take on the Orioles in his next start.


Report: Reds place two starters on revocable waivers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) The Reds have placed starters Mat Latos and Mike Leake on revocable waivers, per MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal, who is further reporting that both should be claimed, but neither is likely to be traded.

The Reds have fallen virtually out contention for a playoff spot with a 2-8 slide, which could have led to the decision to test the interest in Latos and Leake.


Mike Leake tosses six scoreless innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake turned in a strong start Saturday against the Braves.

Leake allowed two hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and issued three walks during the outing. Leake gave up a hit against the first batter he faced, but managed to pitch around it. He had his two-seam fastball working, getting 10 ground ball outs during the course of the start. Leake got himself in trouble during his final inning of work. After a leadoff double, Leake struck out the next two hitters. With two outs, he proceeded to walk the bases loaded. Leake was pulled from the game at that point. Jumbo Diaz managed to record an out, ensuring the scoreless start for Leake.

With the win, Leake improved to 10-11. He’ll take on the Pirates in his next start. 


Mike Leake picks up no decision


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake avoided the loss Monday against the Cardinals.

Leake allowed four runs on eight hits over seven innings of work. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Leake had some struggles early. The Cardinals started a bit of a rally with two outs in the first inning. Leake allowed a walk, a double and a single, driving in two runs. They struck again in the third, after a single drove in Matt Carpenter. Leake was able to get through the next three innings unscathed, but allowed a fourth earned run in the seventh inning. 

Leake left with the game tied, earning a no-decision. He’ll take on the Braves in his next start. 


Red Sox cool off Mike Leake


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) A strong three-start stretch ended Wednesday for Reds starter Mike Leake.

Leake gave up two runs in the first and three in the fifth against Boston before departing and taking his second straight loss. He finished with five runs allowed on eight hits in five innings with one walk and three strikeouts. He was knocked out after a two-run homer by Mike Napoli.

The right-hander had been 2-1 in his previous three starts with just three runs allowed in 20 2/3 innings. He will attempt to bounce back Monday in St. Louis.


Mike Leake strikes out seven in loss vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake was stuck with a loss Friday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and four walks in seven innings and striking out seven in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Marlins.

Leake (9-10) loaded the bases with one out in the sixth after five scoreless innings, but he was able to escape the inning with just one run on the board. He then served up a solo home run in the seventh. Leake has turned in three straight quality starts, but he's battled control issues in his last two outings. He owns a 3.42 ERA and 126:37 K:BB ratio in 160 2/3 innings. Leake is scheduled to face the Rockies Thursday.


Mike Leake picks up ninth win Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake earned a win Sunday, surrendering just one earned run on three hits and four walks in six innings and striking out five in his team's 7-3 victory over the Marlins.

Leake (9-9) has given up just one earned run in his last two starts combined after surrendering four earned runs in each of his previous three starts. His only damage Sunday came on a fourth-inning RBI single with his team's up 5-0. Leake owns a 3.48 ERA and 119:33 K:BB ratio in 153 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Marlins again Friday.


Mike Leake shines in win vs. Diamondbacks Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake dominated in a win Tuesday, giving up just five hits in 7 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out eight in his team's 3-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Leake (8-9) also managed to drive in a run with a second-inning single while recording his first win and quality start in four outings. He owns a 3.53 ERA and 114:29 K:BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings. Leake is on track to face the Marlins Sunday.


Mike Leake winless over his last five starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake lost a second straight start and ran his winless streak to five starts during a 5-1 loss Wednesday at Milwaukee. He was charged with four runs on 11 hits and no walks, while striking out four in six innings.

Leake (7-9) was locked in a scoreless battle with Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse until Cincinnati went up 1-0 in the top of the fifth. Unfortunately, Leake couldn't hold the lead, as Milwaukee took a 2-1 advantage on an RBI triple from Carlos Gomez and an RBI single from Ryan Braun in the bottom of the fifth.

The Brewers added on two more runs after Mark Reynolds connected for a two-run homer off Leake in the sixth inning. It was the 15th home run Leake has allowed in 21 starts this season.

The right-handed hurler is expected to make his next start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Leake is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in one start against Arizona this season.


Mike Leake allows four runs Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake allowed four runs Friday against the Yankees.

The Yankees chipped away at Leake multiple times throughout the game. Brian McCann knocked in an RBI double in the first, while Carlos Beltran singled in a run in the third inning. With the game tied at two, Leake gave up a two-run shot to Jacoby Ellsbury in the fifth. Leake would throw two more scoreless innings before being taken out of the game. 

Leake allowed four runs on eight hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked two. The loss drops Leake to 7-8 on the year. His next start is slated to come against the Brewers. 


Reds set post-break rotation plans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) The Reds will kick off the second half by starting Mike Leake against the Yankees in New York Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Leake will be pitching on regular rest after making his last start Saturday. He'll be followed in the rotation by Alfredo Simon and Johnny Cueto before the team heads to Milwaukee, where Mat Latos and Homer Bailey are scheduled to start Monday and Tuesday, respectively.


Mike Leake can't factor into decision in final start before ASG


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake was not at his best but escaped with a no-decision Saturday night at home against the Pirates. The right-hander pitched six innings and yielded four runs on nine hits, with three walks and two strikeouts. Of his 103 pitches, 64 were strikes.

Leake heads into the break with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 19 starts (127 innings). The Reds have yet to announce their post-break pitching plans, so his next start remains uncertain.

Mike Leake dazzles in win over Cubs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake turned in a quality start and picked up his seventh win of the season Monday night against the Cubs.

A two-run home run allowed to Anthony Rizzo served as the bulk of the damage for the right-hander, who permitted three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits and one walk while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Of his 113 pitches, 74 were strikes.

Leake owns a 3.42 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 18 starts (121 innings). He will make his next start Saturday at home against Pittsburgh.

Mike Leake gives up three runs in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake was saddled with a loss Tuesday after giving up five earned runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings and striking out four in his team's 8-2 defeat against the Padres.

Leake (7-6) breaks a string of three straight wins with Tuesday's loss, in which he surrendered a solo home run in the first inning and an RBI single in the second before allowing another runner to come home on a fifth-inning single. He owns a 3.47 ERA and 88:23 K:BB ratio in 114 innings. Leake is scheduled to take on the Cubs Monday.


Mike Leake has value, but not for strikeouts


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/27/2014) Mike Leake's eight-inning gem at San Francisco Thursday shouldn't have been surprising in and of itself. He had pitched eight innings in four other starts this season, including his previous time out against Toronto. But the 12 strikeouts were quite literally something new. His previous career high was only eight.

So fine, don't read too much into them. You don't need me to tell you that. But even if Leake is destined to average closer to his career rate of 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings the rest of the way, he might be underowned at 61 percent.

He has outstanding control, his 1.9 walks per nine innings ranking 18th among qualifying starting pitchers, and as his knack for pitching deep into games should help him rank among the league leaders in innings pitched, particularly if he builds off the consistency he showed last year when his 3.37 ERA ranked 33rd among qualifying starting pitchers.

What exactly separates him from Rick Porcello, who's owned in 84 percent of leagues? Wins, yes, but what that he can actually control, that you can actually predict? The Tigers are better than the Reds, sure, but not by so much that you can safely assume Porcello will have more wins than Leake going forward.

Just food for thought if you've been passing up Leake because of his win-loss record so far.


Mike Leake fans career-high 12 batters in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake overpowered the Giants Thursday, in a 3-1 win.

Leake tossed eight strong innings for the second start in a row, and the Giants could hardly touch him. He allowed just one run on a solo home run among his four hits, while striking out a career-high 12 batters in the win. He also walked just one batter on 109 pitches in his third straight win.

Leake is finally back to .500, as he evened his record at 6-6 Thursday. He lowered his ERA to 3.41 heading into his start against the Padres Tuesday.


Mike Leake tosses eight one-run innings in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake earned a win Saturday after giving up just one earned run on four hits and two walks in eight innings while striking out six in his team's 11-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

Leake (5-6) completed eight innings for the first time in his last seven starts, with the only damage coming on a solo home run in the seventh inning with his team already up big. He owns a 3.59 ERA and 72:22 K:BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings. His next start is scheduled for Thursday in San Francisco.


Mike Leake earns fourth win thanks to plenty of run support


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake didn't need to be at his best Sunday at Milwaukee as he got plenty of run support in a 13-4 win. He allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings, while striking out three.

Leake (4-6) was pitching well early and held a 3-0 lead for three innings before running into trouble in the fourth inning. The right-hander loaded the bases with two outs and couldn't escape the jam, as Marco Estrada had an RBI single and Scooter Gennett had a two-RBI double to tie the game at 3.

The Reds went back up 5-3 to start the fifth, but Leake then gave up a leadoff home run to Jonathan Lucroy to start the bottom of the inning. But that would be the last run Milwaukee would score, as the Reds pulled away in the late innings.

Leake won for the first time in three starts and second time in four starts. However, he's allowed three or more runs in four straight outings. He will be back on the hill Saturday against the Blue Jays.


Mike Leake drops sixth decision vs. Dodgers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Reds starter Mike Leake's struggles continued Tuesday, in a 6-1 loss to the Dodgers.

Leake dropped his second start in a row, as the Dodgers jumped on him for five runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. The Dodgers racked up nine hits, a season-high allowed by Leake, while he struck out seven batters and walked just one on 98 pitches in the loss.

Leake's record fell to 3-6, with his third loss in the last four starts. He carries a 3.61 ERA into his next outing, set for Sunday in Milwaukee.