Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
Well, first off it's such a small sample size that any small variance is going to skew the numbers fairly dramatically, but if you want specifics....
Right now Mike is allowing more hits than Edinson, he's striking out fewer batters, and considering that Mike is traditionally a ground ball pitcher...he's WELL behind Volquez in regards to ground outs versus fly outs. Edinson's basically getting twice as many ground balls than Mike.
But the bottom line is that they've both been knocked around thus far. Sure, they've both had good stretches too....but both of them have ERA's that are far from respectable. That's why I don't think he's CLEARLY doing better than Volquez. Slightly...sure. But they still both have long ways to go.
I would say he is pitching much better because Leake has surrendered fewer walks and fewer home runs and by a lot thus far. Those are areas that will catch up to you.