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Thread: Sheldon: Mike Leake named 5th starter

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    Sheldon: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    Thought this might deserve a thread of it's own. If not, mods feel free to merge it.

    From Mark Sheldon:

    The fifth starter has been determined. It's Mike Leake, although the Reds have not announced anything.

    Travis Wood learned first and returned to the clubhouse and started packing his stuff. About five minutes later, Leake walked back from his meeting trying to contain his smile. He and Wood bumped fists.
    more from Sheldon:
    http://marksheldon.mlblogs.com/archi...h_starter.html

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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    I think it definitely deserves a thread of its own, although I am certainly no mod. I like the cut of Walt's gib here. Going for it. Good on Walt. If the Reds think this is their best chance to win right now, and they think Leake is ready, then I love this decision.

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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    Awesome. Can't wait to see his first start. I think he deserved it.

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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    I think Leake is good enough and his IP in college seem to have him sufficiently prepared for a #5 spot seasonal load. I just hope the 5 day routine doesn't cause us to regret this in July.
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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    So, if someone told you two months ago that a young Reds pitcher would completely skip the minors and go straight to the majors, would you have ever guessed it would be Mike Leake?

    I remember early in camp I predicted Mike Leake would have a good spring and open some eyes but I never thought he would make the team.

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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    mth, if he needs a break by July, then Wood or Chapman. I am 100% thrilled with the start of this season now. The difference between this set-up and the days of Dave Willliams/Josh Fogg is so night and day I am giddy.

    It's worth a shot. I feel like they are trying to win in 2010. That's fantastic. Good on them. And good luck to them.

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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    Quote Originally Posted by membengal View Post
    mth, if he needs a break by July, then Wood or Chapman. I am 100% thrilled with the start of this season now. The difference between this set-up and the days of Dave Willliams/Josh Fogg is so night and day I am giddy.

    It's worth a shot. I feel like they are trying to win in 2010. That's fantastic. Good on them. And good luck to them.
    Not concerned about him needing a break by July. More concerned about him being completely broken by July. Lots of guys to take his starts, but he would be a big hole to fill in the team's 5 year future.
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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    Though he didn't make the team, Travis Wood had a nice spring and surely opened some eyes in Reds camp. It sounds like he handed this with class. I was impressed with him in the couple times I saw him on TV. I think we'll see him in Cincy sometime this season.

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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/

    “Realisitically, I didn’t think I had a chance,” he said. “But inside I thought I did. I guess realistically I did. I’m just thankful they had faith in me.”
    More quotes from leake at the link.

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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    Well I'll be damned, never expected this.

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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    Not to say I told you so, but...

    Leake In Lead For #5 Rotation Spot
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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    Can't say I saw this coming. Interesting.

    You'd have to think Arroyo and/or Harang must wonder how many days it'll be before they pack their stuff for the next destination.

    Based on comments, it sounds like they don't plan on keeping Chapman down too long, so either one of them is going or Leake will get demoted?

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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    Please, please, please tell me they make room on the roster by DFAing Aaron Miles.

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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    With Mike Leake being confirmed as the 5th starter, 3/5th's of the Reds rotation is 24 years old or younger. Cueto turned 24 in February, Homer Bailey turns 24 in early May, and Mike Leake is only 22 (turns 23 in November).

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    Re: Mike Leake named 5th starter

    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    Please, please, please tell me they make room on the roster by DFAing Aaron Miles.
    Miles has been cut.
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