Originally Posted by Griffey012
Obviously he is a great young pitcher we have all heard the rants, raves, ooos, and aaa's about him as a pitcher. But as an overall baseball player he is even better. Tonight was the first night I have actually been able to see his start on tv and not listen to it on the radio. When he is at the plate, you wouldn't know it was a pitcher unless someone told you. He looks better than Owings at the plate. The rest of our guys on the team could learn something from his approach at the plate, it is great.
It is very rare this day in age you see a player so young have some expertise about the entire game of baseball...hopefully he rubs off on the rest of our guys, because I think we have plenty of guys who are lacking in the baseball IQ department.
He can really run too. In the 5th, after his great walk, when Stubbs hit the roller to second, its was Leake's speed, hustle, and baserunning ability, that enabled him to run in front of Castillo and avoid the tag.
In the sixth, he struck Castillo out and didn't get the call, then he picked him off first and didn't get the call (Keith Hernandez said he had him). He could have easily had a shutout tonight.
The Mets Bob Ojeda was really raving about Leake after the game.
I think we got something here.