Originally Posted by Steve4192
Latos goes 6 innings and gives up 4 runs today .... was he terrible too?
Honestly, the only difference I see between those three starts is that the bullpen did their job for Latos/Cueto and failed for Leake. Yet Leake takes the heat.
Please re-read the thread title. Leake has a recurring habit of giving up early runs and forcing his team to play come-from-behind ball. The thread is not about one start. It's about his career performance -- the latest start was just another example of the problem with a starter who's not quite ready to play on a team seeking a World Series championship, especially when we have a better option in Chapman, who clearly has the stuff to become a third ace (That's assuming you believe that Latos or Bailey will attain ace status this year).
Cueto and Latos have not consistently exhibited the same weakness, which I think is a "head" or confidence problem as much as anything. Beside this, Leake also does not yet have the physical strength to overpower hitters or the craft to outsmart them. He's young -- with enormous potential -- but he should be developing in the minors.