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    John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    Interesting stuff from Erardi.

    The Reds are aware of the Verducci Effect, but say they donít have a ceiling on Leake.

    Yet, clearly, they are taking care of him: Heís thrown over 100 pitches only five times, and never more than 108. On five different occasions, he has received at least one extra day between starts.

    One could imagine the Reds allowing Leake to go to 186 innings (an extra two starts), because of his pitch efficiency. How late in the season would ď186Ē take him?

    Sept. 10, three weeks before the end of the regular season. That would mean only 15 more starts for Leake, using his present average of 6.5 innings per start.

    If he keeps up pace of averaging 15.4 pitches per inning, heíll have thrown about 2,900 pitches by the time he hits 186 innings. Thatís reasonable -- Arroyo has averaged around 3,300 to 3,400 pitches over the past three seasons.
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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    i mentioned this in another thread but i'll bring it up here: why not move Leake to the bullpen when Volquez returns? that way we limit his innings but he can still help the team down the stretch.

    i would really like the team to add a starter via trade who is at least a #3. Lee, Oswalt, Haren,etc would be great but we need help.
    The rotation could be:
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    5. depends on whether Bailey is dealt for #1 (and if healthy). if Bailey was part of a deal we could use Harang here . Or maybe Wood, Maloney, Lecure,etc.

    The pen could be Cordero, Rhodes, Leake plus a potential return of Burton & Bray. I'd add another decent arm here via trade as well.
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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Will M View Post
    i mentioned this in another thread but i'll bring it up here: why not move Leake to the bullpen when Volquez returns? that way we limit his innings but he can still help the team down the stretch.

    He couldn't do worse than some of the other jokers in there now.
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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    I'd like to skip Leake next chance we get (based on off days)

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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaldaniels View Post
    I'd like to skip Leake next chance we get (based on off days)
    Thats what I'm talking about!

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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    How do you stop using one of your better starters? That is my only question. If you are in it to win it, you have to use him. Unless he continues to pitch badly the next few starts. Bailey is going to have to fit in somewhere in the rotation. Volquez also. I am not sure Leake will be the odd man out. If he is not starting in Cincy, He needs to be starting in AAA. Putting him in the bullpen is not what you want to do with a young starting arm. Just my thoughts.
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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexad View Post
    How do you stop using one of your better starters? That is my only question. If you are in it to win it, you have to use him. Unless he continues to pitch badly the next few starts. Bailey is going to have to fit in somewhere in the rotation. Volquez also. I am not sure Leake will be the odd man out. If he is not starting in Cincy, He needs to be starting in AAA. Putting him in the bullpen is not what you want to do with a young starting arm. Just my thoughts.
    Or you shut him down when his innings reach a certain point. I'm not for putting Leake in the pen either FWIW, but you can't push him into the danger zone simply because the team is in contention. Kid is 22.
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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    Or you shut him down when his innings reach a certain point. I'm not for putting Leake in the pen either FWIW, but you can't push him into the danger zone simply because the team is in contention. Kid is 22.
    Is there any precedent for a team in contention behaving this way?

    You read the same thing with respect to Chapman. Teams just don't behave this way. We can talk about self interest and hold our breath till we're blue in the face ......team just don't behave this way.
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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    Quote Originally Posted by dfs View Post
    Is there any precedent for a team in contention behaving this way?

    You read the same thing with respect to Chapman. Teams just don't behave this way. We can talk about self interest and hold our breath till we're blue in the face ......team just don't behave this way.
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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    If the Reds are close they won't shut Leake down, they will ride that arm and cross their fingers.
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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    It seems like leake threw a pretty high number of innings last year between college and AFL. Anyone know the exact number?
    I do think that because of his style of throwing he will be less prone to injuries. Hes not a max effort guy like volquez or bailey and I think that will make it easier for him to put more innings and wear on his arm.

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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    Quote Originally Posted by dunner13 View Post
    It seems like leake threw a pretty high number of innings last year between college and AFL. Anyone know the exact number?
    I do think that because of his style of throwing he will be less prone to injuries. Hes not a max effort guy like volquez or bailey and I think that will make it easier for him to put more innings and wear on his arm.
    It was 160, but I don't think you can add the two together. He stopped pitching in June, then didn't pitch in the AFL until October. He threw 142 at Arizona State. That is the target number I would go with as for what he threw last year.

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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    It was 160, but I don't think you can add the two together. He stopped pitching in June, then didn't pitch in the AFL until October. He threw 142 at Arizona State. That is the target number I would go with as for what he threw last year.
    And lets not forget he had elbow tendinitis with that workload at the end of his college season. I'm for letting him pitch out of the pen at some point not sure when is the right time but the Verducci guidelines seem to be a good set of guidelines. So let him get IDK 135 innings as a starter and then move him to the pen for 30 or so.
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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    Yea lets let a starter pitch out of the bull pen. Didn't we do that with Harang once and that worked out really well. Never been a fan of bouncing pitchers around like that. IMO a start should stay a starter unless he becomes ineffective and he goes to the bullpen for good or if like pitchers with tommyjohn they can be used out of the pen to build arm strength but you can't abuse them. I think it is funny that they even use how many innings they pitch as a measuring stick. It should be more about how many pitches thrown. I think a higher pitch count in stressfull situations and max effort type of pitchers take more of a toll then a pitcher like Leak who keeps his pitch counts down and only throws about 90% effort.

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    Re: John Erardi article: When will Reds shut down Mike Leake?

    Innings pitched is just as overrated as pitch count when it comes to pitcher fatigue. All innings pitched are not created equal, and all arms don't respond the same way. Leake has a nice, easy motion that can go a lot longer than someone with a more violent motion. Monitor him carefully and if he shows signs of wearing down, then you skip his spot in the rotation. Shutting him down based on an arbitrary number is silly.


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