Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
Why is everyone so quick to dismiss Mike Leake? I don't get it. Yeah, he didn't have a great year...but has everyone forgotten his age and experience? Yeah, he tossed some stinkers this year...what do you expect from a young pitcher? People seem to forget that he also threw some real gems too. This is a middle of the rotation-to-back of the rotation pitcher. They aren't all going to be aces. He's a great change of pace to the rest of the staff (especially after Bronson leaves). And he's got loads of room for improvement. Add in his athleticism and his bat and I hang onto the kid. Without a doubt.
We have no real clue what Cingrani, Corcino or even Chapman will do in the rotation. I don't see a better option than Leake right now IMO, and I think he'll only get better with more experience.
I agree with you. Leake reminds me of Arroyo coming off of a crappy 2011. I think Leake will be better next year but what we can expect from him is 10-12 wins and a mid 4 or high 3 ERA and I think that is solid for a #5 starter plus he swings the bat better than any pitcher in the league. I do think we need some depth though. Not everyone will stay healthy like this year. That just doesnt happen every year. If Chappy moves to the rotation which I think he wont as long as Dusty is skipper Leake could and I say could be the odd man out being our 6th starter maybe starting the season in AAA. But like I said it will be a miracle for everyone to stay healthy again for a full year so the chips will fall into place IMO. Leake will be a heck of alot better next year.