Still think his success is unsustainable, but love to be proven wrong.
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
It's just a question of what level is descriptive of his performance. All of the ERA estimators put him in the 3.75-3.85 range but obviously since he's already pitched one third of the season, it would be lower if his ERA for the last four months only equals the estimators' level right now.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
While I've always understood some of the skepticism of Leake, I've always been a fan.
This kid came straight from the college ranks to the majors, so his development came up here. He's not an overpowering pitcher, but a smart pitcher who studies batters (film), keeps hitters off balance by mixing up his pitches, attacks the strikezone and hits his spots.
When Arroyo doesn't have his best breaking stuff he's very vulnerable. Likewise - Leake HAS to hit his spots, and keep the ball down, or else he's in trouble.
But he's learning. It was a joy watching him pitch last night.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
"When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail"
Stat oddity of the day...Wood and Leake both have a 2.75 ERA right now.
Best #5 starter in MLB.
For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Leake and Arroyo are cut from the same cloth. They can do a lot with the baseball. They adapt. They experiment, over time, with new pitches and new approaches. They outsmart the competition. They field the position well. Leake hits.
I know a lot of posters here don't know what they have in Leake. I'm glad Baker does.
And how about giving Mesoraco some props, too, as Leake's personal catcher?
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
I think it's time that we start a "Let's give Mesoraco some credit" thread! His catcher's ERA lately has been outstanding! He is clearly the reason Leake and Latos have been so good... And there is no doubt that Hanigan is the reason Arroyo and Homer struggled in Cleveland.
Leake has done a great job but Mesoraco is the reason for his success!
I know a lot of people are talking about his on-base percentage (.308 in 2008), but I like to think more in terms of him his in-scoring position percentage. - Our Beloved Manager