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    Mike Leake appreciation thread

    The easy choice for our 6th starter going into the season, added to the rotation after Chappy was designated as closer again.

    5th in the NL in wins
    14th in the NL in ERA

    Most impressive to me....after a late season 'meltdown', he has rebounded to go 20 scoreless innings in his last 3 starts.

    Upped his WAR from .6 last year to 6.4 this year.


    Nice haircut Mike, and thanks for a spectacular year!
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

    Quote Originally Posted by VR View Post
    The easy choice for our 6th starter going into the season, added to the rotation after Chappy was designated as closer again.

    5th in the NL in wins
    14th in the NL in ERA

    Most impressive to me....after a late season 'meltdown', he has rebounded to go 20 scoreless innings in his last 3 starts.

    Upped his WAR from .6 last year to 6.4 this year.


    Nice haircut Mike, and thanks for a spectacular year!
    Totally agree. Who would have thought he would have the 2nd lowest ERA among starters (not counting Cueto and Cingrani). In fact, the whole starting staff is amazing with Latos at 3.14, Leake at 3.21, Bailey at 3.40, Arroyo at 3.56, not to mention part timers Cingrani at 2.92 and Cueto at 3.02. Those are 1960's numbers!

    Not to be a party pooper, but Reynolds goes tomorrow.
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

    Quote Originally Posted by WVRedsFan View Post

    Not to be a party pooper, but Reynolds goes tomorrow.
    What? Why?
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

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    What? Why?
    He's not on the list
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

    I was laughed at when I said that his numbers were very comparable to Strasberg's the year they got drafted. I also said that it wouldn't surprise me if he ended up being a better MLB pitcher.

    I'm not happy that Strasberg's had all the injury problems, but I am quite glad that Mike has lived up to my expectations.
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

    Quote Originally Posted by WVRedsFan View Post
    Not to be a party pooper, but Reynolds goes tomorrow.
    I thought he looked quite impressive in his 2 August starts. I didn't see his rather short outing last time out. Just watch, he'll be lights out.
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post
    I thought he looked quite impressive in his 2 August starts. I didn't see his rather short outing last time out. Just watch, he'll be lights out.
    That would be awesome. You bing there guarantees it. I was serious when I said the thing about the trip to Pittsburgh. You've always given us good luck.
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

    Leake is "regressing" to his norm.

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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

    LOL. I'm guessing the budget might be a tad tight for a quick hop up to the 'burgh. :O) Love that stadium though. My brother lived there in Pittsburgh for about 6 or 7 years. He loved it. But then again, he was already a steeler fan even when we lived in Columbus pre-85. If I do any traveling for a ballgame in the near future, it'll be to Cincy as I've yet to visit GABP. I haven't seen a game in Cincy since the 70's and Riverfront.
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post
    LOL. I'm guessing the budget might be a tad tight for a quick hop up to the 'burgh. :O) Love that stadium though. My brother lived there in Pittsburgh for about 6 or 7 years. He loved it. But then again, he was already a steeler fan even when we lived in Columbus pre-85. If I do any traveling for a ballgame in the near future, it'll be to Cincy as I've yet to visit GABP. I haven't seen a game in Cincy since the 70's and Riverfront.
    You need to go. Sort of like a trip to Crosley wit iPhone effects. I live it, but for the first time in a long time, because of the unfortunate accident, I'm grieving not being able to go. No Frisch's, Montgomery Inn, White Castle, or Graeter's. and the Reds. I'll live, but it's depressing.
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

    Where is 6.4 WAR coming from?

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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

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    Where is 6.4 WAR coming from?
    ESPN stat site

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/pitchin...RBR/order/true
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

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    I think ESPN needs to re-calibrate its WAR calculation. Those numbers are absurdly high for everyone.
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Brutus View Post
    I think ESPN needs to re-calibrate its WAR calculation. Those numbers are absurdly high for everyone.
    You're probably right but I still feel like WAR is a ridiculous statistic. It's the one modern stat that I refuse to buy into.
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    Re: Mike Leake appreciation thread

    I admit: I hammered the guy after 2-3 starts. Thought he was batting practice for the opponent every time he took the hill. But he's been tremendous. Very glad to have been wrong.
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