Mike Leake
SP STL
4 days ago

Leake (9-11) gave up five earned runs on seven hits, two pitches and three walks over 3.1 innings in Friday's 5-0 loss to the Cubs. He also recorded a strikeout.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran right-hander's troubles primarily came in the first inning, with the Cubs getting to him for four runs. Dexter Fowler opened the scoring by coming home on the first of two of Leake's wild pitches and Anthony Rizzo brought home Kris Bryant with a double. Ben Zobrist then followed with an RBI single that plated Bryant and Chris Coghlan continued his considerable career success against Leake with a two-bagger later in the inning that drove in Jason Heyward. The outing equaled Leake's shortest of the season, matching the 3.1 innings he'd lasted against the Mariners back on June 25. Leake has endured a rough September, giving up 14 runs (13 earned) on 29 hits in 19.2 innings over four starts. He'll look to close out the season in positive fashion when he takes on the Reds next Wednesday.

Mike Leake
SP STL
1 week ago

Leake allowed just two runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in Saturday's start versus the Giants. He did not factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

Leake threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of 25 batters Saturday and primarily pitched to contact, as 15 of the outs he recorded came via ground out or fly out. It was Leake's most effective start since returning from the disabled list on Sep. 7, and it was his second straight quality start. With his performances trending up, Leake will face a tough challenge in his next start Friday at Wrigley Field.

Mike Leake
SP STL
2 weeks ago

Leake (9-10) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over six innings in a loss Monday to the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Leake was undone by a pair of home runs, a two-run shot from Dexter Fowler and a solo blast by Ben Zobrist. Leake has now allowed 20 home runs or more for each of the past six seasons, and that's why he has managed an ERA under 3.50 just once. His 2016 ERA sits at 4.60, the worst of his career.

Mike Leake
SP STL
3 weeks ago

Leake (illness) made his return from the DL Wednesday, pitching 4.1 innings in a no-decision versus the Pirates. He allowed three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three.

EDGE Analysis

Back on the mound for the first time since Aug. 21, Leake allowed two runs in a 23-pitch first inning that he was unable to rebound from. As he normally does, Leake threw strikes and limited the free passes to just one. However, getting too much of the plate has often hurt him, and that seemed to be the case again Wednesday as the Pirates racked up nine hits, the most Leake's allowed since July 23. He'll make his next start Tuesday versus the Cubs.

Mike Leake
SP STL
3 weeks ago

Leake (illness) is set to start Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

He had been on the DL with an illness, but is in the lineup Wednesday, so he appears to be feeling well enough to slot back into the rotation. Leake is second among qualified starters with a career-best 3.7 percent walk rate, but perhaps he's throwing a few too many strikes, as opposing hitters are hitting .276 against him and he sports a 4.56 ERA -- his worst such mark since 2012. Given the $80 million contract he inked with St. Louis this offseason, his status in the rotation should be safe down the stretch, even though Alex Reyes appears to be an obvious upgrade waiting in the bullpen.

Mike Leake
SP STL
3 weeks ago

Leake (illness) is ready to rejoin the Cardinals' rotation, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Leake is eligible to be activated from the disabled list, and he could return to action as soon as Wednesday. However, the Cardinals are currently listing Alex Reyes as their starter for that day, so it remains to be seen what the date of his next outing will be.

Mike Leake
SP STL
4 weeks ago

Leake (illness) is expected to join the team this weekend, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals plan for Leake to pitch a bullpen session Sunday, contingent upon him rejoining the team. Diaz's most recent outing on Aug. 21 was solid, as he pitched seven shutout innings and struck out eight batters. However, his ERA and WHIP are at high marks of 4.56 and 1.27, respectively.

Mike Leake
SP STL
1 month ago

The Cardinals placed Leake on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to his case of the shingles.

EDGE Analysis

Leake was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday, and with him now landing on the disabled list, his ailment will cost him further action. He will be eligible to be activated Sept. 6 however, so he could return after missing just one more trip through the rotation.

Mike Leake
SP STL
1 month ago

Leake will not start Saturday's game against the A's due to a case of the shingles, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Leake will be replaced in the rotation by Alex Reyes. It remains to be seen if he will miss any further action beyond Saturday's start.

Mike Leake
SP STL
1 month ago

Leake (9-9) held the Phillies scoreless for seven innings in Sunday's 9-0 win, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out eight.

EDGE Analysis

He even chipped in a two-run single, giving himself all the run support he would need on the day. Leake has been feast or famine lately, posting five quality starts in nine July and August outings with a 2.25 ERA and 33:6 K:BB in 32 innings but a 9.82 ERA and 12:1 K:BB in 22 innings over the other four disasters. He'll next take the mound at home Saturday against the A's.