Mike Leake SP CIN 2 Days
Leake allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings in Sunday's loss to the Brewers and afterward suggested he had a dead arm in the start. "I was trying to find the zone and trying to hit spots, but it was not easy today," Leake said. "I had a little dead arm today. 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 has pitched a personal high 202.1 innings so far this season, with pretty good results (3.65 ERA, 1.255 WHIP). But it might be smart of the Reds to shut him down over the last couple of weeks.
Mike Leake SP CIN 8 Days
Leake gave up three earned runs on eight hits and no walks with six strikeouts in six innings Tuesday against the Cardinals, picking up his 11th win of the season.
This was coming off Leake's worst outing of the season, where he gave up seven runs and three homers during a 9-7 loss in Baltimore, so it was nice to see him rebound against a division rival. He'll look to be quality again in his next start Sunday against the Brewers, who have lost 13 of their last 14 games.
Mike Leake SP CIN 13 Days
Leake was torched for seven runs and seven hits in just four innings at Baltimore on Thursday.
Leake got off to a horrible start, surrendering six runs in the first inning, with most of the damage coming on a couple of home runs. He settled down a little after the initial frame, but was pulled at a pitch count of 78. He had been on a roll before Thursday's dud, not allowing a run over his previous 13.2 innings. The 26-year old righty will make two starts next week, facing St. Louis at home and then Milwaukee on the road.
Mike Leake SP CIN 19 Days
Leake was brilliant on Friday night tossing seven shutout innings while allowing six hits and striking out one, but was left with a no-decision as the Reds bullpen gave up a pair of runs late.
Leake continues to give the Reds quality innings and now sports a 3.38 ERA. He's not a power pitcher and doesn't typically provide many strikeouts, but he can be useful as a back-of-the-rotation arm in most fantasy formats.
Mike Leake SP CIN 25 Days
Leake pitched into the seventh inning, giving up a pair of hits and three walks while striking out six to pick up the win against the Braves on Saturday.
To top it off, Leake hit a double and scored the game's only run as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak. For the season, Cincinnati has lost 31 one-run games, the most in the league. Though it's of little consequence to fantasy managers, Leake now has 67 career hits, the most by any pitcher in the majors since his debut in 2010.
Mike Leake SP CIN 29 Days
Leake gave up four runs on eight hits while striking out five over seven innings Monday against the Cardinals.
Leake dug a hole early, allowing three runs through three innings, but would settle down. The 26-year-old has a three game winless streak and a 4.32 ERA over 25 August innings. Leake faces the Braves on Saturday.
Mike Leake SP CIN 1 Month
Leake (9-11) was roughed up for five runs over five frames in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox. He gave up eight hits and walked one while striking out three batters.
Leake re-affirmed his standing as one of the game's best-hitting pitchers by swatting his second homer of the season Wednesday, but that's of little consequence to fantasy players. The right-hander was nursing a 3-2 lead entering the fifth, before allowing a two-run homer to Mike Napoli that gave the Red Sox control of the game.
Mike Leake SP CIN 1 Month
Leake will start at home against Boston in Wednesday in place of Homer Bailey (elbow), Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Instead of facing the Rockies at Coors on Thursday, Leake will benefit from Bailey's inability to pitch on the regular schedule with a more favorable home matchup Wednesday.
Mike Leake SP CIN 1 Month
Leake turned in a solid performance Friday night, allowing two runs on five hits, walking four and striking out seven over seven innings, but was a hard-luck loser in the Reds' 2-1 loss to Miami.
Leake (9-10, 3.42 ERA) continues to provide quality innings, but he did struggle to find the plate in this one, needing 118 pitches (just 66 for strikes) to cover the seven innings. He'll face a tough challenge in his next outing against the Rockies in Coors Field.
Mike Leake SP CIN 2 Months
Mike Leake finished out the month of July with a superb start, shutting the D'Backs out over 7 2/3 innings to pick up his eighth win on Tuesday.
The last two months haven't been so kind to the right-hander, as he entered June with a 2.92 ERA and exits July at 3.53. On this night, however, he was dominant, limiting the Arizona lineup to five hits while walking none and striking out eight. Leake left with two outs in the eighth after hitting Miguel Montero with a pitch to put runners on first and second, but reliever Jonathan Broxton retired Mark Trumbo to the threat. Leake will try to begin August on the right foot when he faces the Marlins on the road next Sunday.