The trade that sent Mike Leake from the Reds to the Giants last July got plenty of attention in Fantasy circles -- more than it deserved, probably. Yeah, he was a homer-prone pitcher going from one of the smallest parks to one of the biggest, but he's also, well, not very good. Sure enough, his numbers didn't improve with the Giants when he was actually able to pitch for them following a DL stint for a strained hamstring, and you shouldn't assume any transformation is coming. He's not a bad pitcher -- he controls the strike zone and generally pitches deep into games, which could lead to a healthy win total on a contending team like the Cardinals, where he signed this offseason -- but his strikeout rate leaves much to be desired. He's the kind of pitcher you draft late knowing you'll probably drop him for the first player who shows some signs of life on waivers.
Leake agreed to a deal with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. The exact terms of the deal have yet to be confirmed, but it's expected to be in the neighborhood of five years for $75 million with an option included. Leake struggled a bit after joining the Giants midseason last year, but he's still posted a 3.70 ERA or better in three consecutive campaigns. He's never been much of a strikeout pitcher, but saw his totals drop to a career-low 5.6 K/9, but he'll get a chance to stay in the NL and figures to fill in the spot vacated when John Lackey left earlier in free agency.
Giants starter Mike Leake (11-10) was spectacular Wednesday, twirling a complete-game shutout while allowing two hits and three walks in a win over the Dodgers. He struck out just one. Leake has been terrible in his time with the Giants, but this is the type of performance they were expecting when they traded for him. The craziest stat to go along with the one strikeout is that he drew just three swinging strikes in 104 pitches. That's hard to do and it might be a case of the Dodgers sending out a junior-varsity lineup and having a "hangover" after winning the National League West the night before. With that said, Leake is an intriguing option next season in one of the best pitchers parks in baseball.
Giants starter Mike Leake (10-10) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks across six innings in a loss to the A's on Friday. He struck out three and allowed two homers. It appeared Leake's value had risen exponential with the move to San Francisco at the July 31 trade deadline, but he's been struggling for the Giants. Not only has he failed to strike out more than six batters in any game, he's allowed 25 runs over his eight starts spanning 46 1/3 innings. This may be a good thing for next year, as he could become a nice value in drafts next season. His final start will be on Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that starter Mike Leake experienced some arm tightness after his Sept. 13 start, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. Leake downplayed the issue, saying it's nothing he's concerned about and just something players deal with this late in the year, but it likely played a part in the decision to lift him Saturday after three innings and 49 pitches. The right-hander did not fare well in his three frames against Arizona, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk while failing to record a strikeout. Bochy did not indicate Leake will miss his next outing.
Giants starter Mike Leake might have won Wednesdsay night if his mound opponent had not been Clayton Kershaw. Instead, he lost in lowering his record to 9-7. But Leake had nothing to be ashamed of. He gave up just two runs on five hits over seven innings with no walks and three strikeouts. He fell behind twice, first on a Carl Crawford double in the second inning and then on a Chase Utley blast in the sixth. Leake bounced back nicely from a subpar performance Thursday against St. Louis. He has yielded two runs or less in seven of his last eight starts.