Mike Leake SP CIN 11 Days

Leake threw four scoreless innings against the Indians on Tuesday despite struggling with his command. "Every first pitch was a ball except for one," Leake said, "so at least I got to work behind hitters and get out of bad counts, so that's a positive."

Leake will open the season as the Reds' #2 starter, with Homer Bailey opening the year on the DL.

Mike Leake SP CIN 2 Months

Leake avoided arbitration with the Reds by agreeing to a one-year, $9.775 million contract, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

While he doesn't put up the flashiest of numbers, Leake has consistently put up at least 160 innings in the last four years as a back-end starter for the Reds. The 27-year-old will be a free agent after 2015 and will be looked at as a player who eats innings, but has a very low ceiling when it comes to run prevention or fantasy value.

Mike Leake SP CIN 6 Months

Leake struck out eight and walked two while giving up one run on three hits over seven innings against the Pirates on Friday.

The Reds' bullpen enabled the Pirates to plate the eventual game-winning run, but Leake's skills growth in 2014 should be viewed as a significant step forward. In addition to carrying a career-high 6.9 K/9, Leake maintained good control (2.1 BB/9) and induced groundballs at a career-high 53.4% clip. All signs point to another year spent as the Reds' No. 4 starter in 2015, provided that Homer Bailey and Mat Latos enter next season healthy behind ace Johnny Cueto.

Mike Leake SP CIN 6 Months

Leake allowed six hits, two walks, and five runs, while striking out four in five innings Saturday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Leake walked two batters and even hit a batter, all of whom scored. He also gave up two home runs, his 21st and 22nd of the season. Leake has now pitched a career-high 207.1 innings this season, and he's scheduled to make his final start of the season Friday against Pittsburgh.

Mike Leake SP CIN 6 Months

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 7 Months

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 7 Months

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 7 Months

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 7 Months

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 7 Months

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.