Heres another poll.
Too much rest
Not enough rest
Just a bad start.
Mike Leake. Wall.
Wall. Mike Leake.
Leake didn't pitch well tonight but keep in mind that Scott Rolen botched an inning ending double play. If Rolen makes that play, the inning is over with 0 runs scored. Instead, six runs scored. But yeah, Leake hasn't looked as sharp lately. It looks like he could be wearing down.
I miss Adam Dunn.
Last 2 months (9 starts) prior to tonight's start:
June - 5.22 ERA | 1.77 WHIP
July - 4.56 ERA | 1.32 WHIP
I think these graphs tell the story well:
Mainly the last one. He's been serving up a lot of Ball de Gopheur while not striking out many and walking a fair amount.
I think it's just an adjustment period + him maybe running out of steam.
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No need to read too much into it imo. Likely the league is adjusting to him, but he still has been pitching at a level of a 4 or 5 guy. With other guys stepping up their games it isn't too much of a concern for me.
"He looked like a surfer kid from SoCal," manager Dusty Baker says. "He didn't say much, but you could tell he was cool."
I'm sure the book is out on Leake and he's gonna have to adjust to continue having success.... Dude likes to pound the zone... Everybody knows that know, so hitters are going to the plate ready to swing... He's gotta continue to mix things up...
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The only thing that I hope for is that I don't want the reds to skip every other start for Leake.I personally think thats why he had so much trouble tonight b/c of that.Welch said tonight that Leake could pitch over 200 hundred innings! So if the kid says he can do it then give him a chance.We are in a playoff race and the last thing we need is to start screwing up our young pitcher.Mize well go a head and bring up Lacure to pitch the rest of the season or go out and get another pitcher.JMO
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If Rolen makes that play, or it's ruled an error.....Leake has a very good start. Only 1 ball hit hard that I recall.....I just don't think it was as tragic as it seemed.
That said, resting him is obviously wise, not sure how they get that done right now.
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Leake is going to be OK. Just like golf. I tore my rotator cuff last winter and didn't play golf for awhile-- a couple of weeks. When I came back, I had lost eveything though I was healty. You cannot sit idle. so shut him down or let him pitch. One or the other.
I finally got back to my game.
But 200 ip? Why push it?
"Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that."
Leake hasn't been very good for the last couple months. After last night, he's at 126 IP. He can go another 50 or so, but at this point, he's the weakest link in the rotation. After a couple more starts he'll be approaching last season's IP numbers (I don't think the AFL innings should be considered since they came after a 3 month lay-off. We're trying to manage the effect of taking the ball and going out there without all that time to recover). I think he has to be considered a guy who might need to be optioned who can get his work in at AAA for the rest of the season and then be shut down when the AAA season ends. The Reds will be getting Homer back at about that point and if he has another good rehab, he should probably get another crack at it.
In Leake's last 10 starts (Starting in June) He's thrown 60 Innings, walked 19 (a still good 2.85 BB/9), Struck out 33 (4.95 K/9) for a k/BB ratio of 1.73. He's allowed 10 HR for a HR/9 rate of 1.5. His ERA is 5.40. Some of that is bad luck (like last night) and some is being left in too long, but his early dominance might be giving him a bit of a free pass. First time around the league and no book on him at all since teams didn't even have guys who may have faced him in the minor leagues helped him to a hot start, but he may never have another 10 start stretch as good as he was in April and May. Those K and HR numbers suggest back-end guy and not some one we'd want pitching a big game down the stretch or in the post season.
I think the league is adjusting and Leake may not be one of the best five with everyone healthy. He won't be available for the post-season anyway and even though Bailey and Volquez are also question marks, they have the profile that might get them on a roll and could allow them to put up a dominant stretch in the post season and it may be worth seeing if the Reds can catch that lightning in a bottle. By the time October rolls around both Leake and Wood will be over the limit of safely pitching and Cueto will be in uncharted waters from an IP standpoint. Since the Reds were unable to acquire a stabilizer, they really need to try and get the high ceiling guys rolling. HokieRed suggested that the Reds should start stretching Chapman back-out for a late boost to the rotation. I agree, this team is going to need some more options down the strech. Give the three big arms (Volquez, Bailey and Chapman) a chance to get on a roll and provide a TOR presence even if its only for a well timed stretch.
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Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Leake has had a successful season for a rookie but he's basically been a back end guy based upon his below average peripherals...
NL ave starter: FIP: 4.17, K/9: 6.9; BB/9: 3.15; K/BB: 2.17;
Mike Leake: FIP: 4.44, K/9:5.57; BB/9: 3.14; K/BB:1.77.
For context, to draft a starter who immediately impacts the 25 man roster at all has to be considered a homerun. But also for context, Leake isn't anything close to the question posed by the "Is Mike Leake the ace of the rotation?" thread.
Hi early ERA may have skewed expectations a bit.
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