Originally Posted by jojo
As starters go Leake is a little better than average at inducing ground balls. He is one of the worst in the majors at inducing HRs.
Number threes are not tees.
If Leake suddenly stops giving up so many home runs, then he'll be on to something.
Leake just needs to figure out a way to pitch at home.
He only gave up 9 HR on the road last year (versus 17 at home). IMO, he has let the GABP get in his head. Sure, it is a good HR park, but it's not so extreme that his HR rate should double there. It is no coincidence that the best year of his career (2011) was the year where he managed to keep the ball in the park while pitching at home. Perhaps Mike should seek out a sports psychiatrist?