Leake won't start Sunday's season finale against the Rangers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Leake had been lined up to make his second start of the week on his normal four days' rest, but the Mariners elected to shutter him for the season after he was lit up for six runs on eight hits over 1.1 innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Athletics. Roenis Elias will serve as the Mariners' starting pitcher Sunday, but Leake could still be available in relief. If manager Scott Servais elects not to use Leake this weekend, the right-hander will finish the campaign with a 10-10 record, 4.36 ERA and 1.30 WHIP and 119 strikeouts across 185.2 frames.
Leake allowed six runs on eight hits while striking out two over 1.1 innings in Tuesday's extra-innings win over the Athletics. He did not factor into the decision. Leake was hit early and often, allowing three runs on four hits in the first after retiring the first two batters he faced before allowing another four hits and three runs in the second. Seattle's offense was able to rally and bail Leake out, but it was still his shortest outing of the season and matched the most runs he'd allowed in a start since April. The 30-year-old will take a 4.36 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 119:34 K:BB over 185.2 innings into his final start of the year, Sunday against the Rangers.
Leake (10-10) gave up five runs on six hits in a loss to the Astros on Tuesday, striking out three and walking zero in 6.1 innings. Leake got beat up in the third inning, giving up an RBI single and an RBI groundout before surrendering a two-run home run to Marwin Gonzalez. Tuesday's loss comes after a couple quality-start wins from Leake, and he still has 18 quality starts in 30 games started despite a somewhat high 4.10 ERA on the year. Opponents are hitting .274 off the right-hander and his next start will be a divisional matchup against the A's at home.
Leake (10-9) allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out five across seven innings to earn the win Thursday against the Angels. Leake shut down the Angels lineup by peppering the strike zone -- 80 of his 114 pitches went for strikes -- and generating groundballs. That's been his approach much of the season, as he has a 49.2 percent groundball rate and allowed only 1.7 BB/9. That's led to mixed results, though at 3.99, his ERA is below 4.00 for only the second time since Apr. 13.
Leake (9-9) got the win Wednesday, allowing two runs -- both unearned -- on seven hits while striking out four against the Orioles. A pair of errors in the fifth inning allowed a couple of runs to score, but Leake was otherwise in total control. It was his first win since June, and it was a much needed bounce-back effort, as the 30-year-old had been tagged for 11 runs on 18 hits over his previous two starts. He's now sporting a 4.11 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 109:33 K:BB over 171 innings heading into Wednesday's start against the Padres.