Manager Mike Matheny would not commit to Leake taking his next turn Saturday against the Rays, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. When asked whether Leake would start Saturday, Matheny would only go so far as to say that Leake's an "option." Leake was knocked around for six runs in three innings against the Pirates on Sunday, and he's now lost 10 of his last 12 decisions. After rattling off nine consecutive quality starts to begin the campaign, Leake has posted a 5.78 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 58:25 K:BB over 85.2 innings. Jack Flaherty would be on normal rest Saturday, although he's not yet on the Cardinals' 40-man roster.
Leake (7-12) was lit up for six earned runs on eight hits across just three innings of a 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. He struck out three and didn't issue a walk. The Pirates' hitters wasted no time in front of 3,000 fans at the Little League Classic in Williamsport, knocking Leake out of the game before the fourth inning. Leake is now riding an ugly four-game losing streak and is 1-6 over his last nine starts -- allowing seven or more hits seven times during that span -- so he's one starting pitcher to avoid right now if possible.
Leake (7-11) took the loss Tuesday to the Red Sox, coughing up eight runs on nine hits and two walks over 4.1 innings while striking out two. He was engaged in a 1-0 pitcher's duel with Rick Porcello until the fifth inning, when Boston's bats exploded for eight runs to blow the game open. The eight earned runs allowed were a season high for Leake, who now has a 6.29 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. He'll try to turn things around Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Leake gave up five runs (four earned) on 11 hits and a walk over five innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Wednesday. He struck out five. That's a season-high hit total for the veteran righty, but it's also the fourth time he's given up double-digit knocks this season. Leake had allowed just 16 total hits and six runs over his last three starts, but his lack of bat-missing ability opens him up to missteps like this one. Even so, he still has solid fantasy stats with a 3.48 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. His next start will come Tuesday in an interleague road matchup with the Red Sox.
Leake (7-9) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks and struck out four over five innings in a loss to Arizona on Saturday. Leake's inconsistency plagues him yet again. Just five days after tossing seven shutout innings against the Rockies, Leake failed to record a quality start for the fourth time in his last five outings. Leake's 3.29 ERA this season is enticing, but since the end of April, he has been mediocre (4-8, 3.97 ERA over 95.1 innings).