Mike Leake SP CIN 3 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.

Mike Leake SP CIN 3 Months

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 3 Months

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 4 Months

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 4 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.

Mike Leake SP CIN 4 Months

Mike Leake surrendered four earned runs in six innings Wednesday in the Reds' loss to the Brewers.

It was the third straight four-run outing for Leake, who now has a 3.73 ERA on the year. He didn't walk a batter Wednesday at Miller Park, but the Brewers pounded him for 11 hits -- including a homer, a double, and a triple. Leake will try to right the ship next week at home against the Diamondbacks.

Mike Leake SP CIN 4 Months

Mike Leake allowed four runs over seven innings in Friday's loss to the Yankees.

The difference in the ballgame was a two-run homer from Jacoby Ellsbury in the fifth inning. Leake yielded eight hits and two walks to go along with five strikeouts. He's now 7-8 on the year, but still owns a fine 3.63 ERA over 20 starts. Up next is a start against the division-rival Brewers.

Mike Leake SP CIN 5 Months

Mike Leake yielded three runs -- two earned -- in seven innings Monday as part of the Reds' 9-3 win over the Cubs.

Except for a poor run in the first half of June, Leake has been excellent all year. He's gone at least five innings in all 18 of his starts, and he's currently on pace for career-best strikeout and walk rates. There isn't much reason to expect a slowdown now.

Mike Leake SP CIN 5 Months

Mike Leake didn't have his best stuff Tuesday, yielding 11 hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Padres.

Leake worked eight innings of one-run ball in each of his last two victories. So of course he lays an egg tonight against the worst offense in baseball. Leake didn't walk a batter, which is why he only gave up three runs, but San Diego treated him like a pitching machine. The right-hander had been gunning for a career-best fourth straight win. He whiffed four tonight. Reds manager Bryan Price believes Leake could increase his strikeout rate, but the club and pitcher are both content with his (previously) efficient approach for now. Now 6-7 with a 3.47 ERA, Leake gets the Cubs next week.

Mike Leake SP CIN 5 Months

Mike Leake restricted the Giants to one run over eight innings, striking out 12, to propel the Reds to a 3-1 victory on Thursday.

Leake's only sin was an Adam Duvall solo homer in the seventh inning when the Reds held a 3-0 lead. It's understandable if Leake napped through that at-bat: Tonight was Duvall's major league debut. Leake has won three straight starts, receiving a collective 19 runs of support he didn't need, allowing six runs over 21 innings. Leake will carry a solid 3.41 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into a nice matchup when he takes the mound in San Diego on Tuesday.