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Reds snap 11 game losing streak, beat Brewers in game full of weirdness and stupidity

Despite Alfredo Simon's idiocy and fortunate for some weird last inning replay, the Reds start a win streak! The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Adam Duvall. I'm not sure that there's anything left to be written about him at this point. In a season full of disappointment, frustration, and frustratingly disappointing injuries, Duvall has been a shining star. Keeping in mind that he was generally considered the throw in a trade the Giants made for nine starts of Mike Leake, and this is a seriously impressive two months of the season. In this one, he went 2-5 with 2 runs scored...
Another close loss for Cardinals

Another close loss for Cardinals

Leake gives up two solo home runs as Nationals win 2-1 in opener.
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2016

5/26/2016 Recap: Leake Puts Self to Sleep on Mound, Cards Lose Dinger Contest

In a contest of boring pitchers and solo dingers, the Cardinals drop the series opener against the quite-good Nationals. Pregame Today, the Cardinals take on the NL East-leading Nationals in our nation's cesspool capital. I can say that, because I live here. Mike Leake takes the hill for the middling Cards, while Joe Ross twirls for the 29-19 Nationals. Leake vs. Ross is the pitching equivalent of watching competitive grass growing on ESPN 10. Both are low-velocity control artists with that special quality that makes anybody that watches them pitch fall asleep. Whatever unfortunate...
MASN Sports May 26, 2016

Espinosa and Harper homer in 2-1 win over Cardinals - Byron Kerr

Shortstop Danny Espinosa delivered the game-changing play on offense for the Nationals in a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals on Thursday. With the game even at 1-1 in the seventh, Espinosa launched a Mike Leake fastball over the right field...
MASN Sports May 26, 2016

Baker on treating Leake like one of his own: If my son was over there I'd try to beat him too" - Byron Kerr

Expect some pregame love for Cards starter Leake from Baker, but not when game starts
Viva El Birdos May 23, 2016

What has been different in the last three starts by Mike Leake?

After a difficult start to the 2016 season, Mike Leake has strung together three straight quality starts for the St. Louis Cardinals -- allowing a total three earned runs over 21 innings pitched. As you'd expect, Leake did not strike out hitters many hitters (4.71 K/9) during this span, but he limited his walks (1.29 BB/9) and did a better job than previous starts at keeping the ball in the park (one home run allowed versus six allowed in his first six starts). As you may recall, I wrote with conservative optimism about Leake's quality start on May 10th against the Los Angeles Angels (8.0...
Red Reporter May 22, 2016

Reds lose 7th in a row, fall to Mariners 5-4

0-5 home stands are no fun, now we get 10 on the road. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game When the Reds traded Mike Leake to the Giants last July, they received the Giants top prospect in Keury Mella and a 26 year-old left fielder as a throw-in. That throw-in came into today hitting .264/.301/.528 with 7 HR and 16 RBI. He added that total as a part of a 1 for 4, 1 HR and 1 RBI performance against the Seattle Mariners this afternoon. He also threw out Kyle Seager at the plate in the 5th to keep the Mariners' lead at 1 run. Adam long ago cemented himself in the role as the...
Sons of Steve Garvey May 15, 2016

Game 38 Thread: May 15 vs. Cardinals, 5p

Alex Wood (1-3, 4.58)vs. Mike Leake (1-3, 5.10) The good news: This is the Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN so everyone can watch. The bad news: The nation will be watching, so performance anxiety could be a factor. Few predicted that the Dodgers would be going for a series sweep against the Cardinals this afternoon. Poor as the Cardinals have been this year, they usually have the Dodgers' number (especially in the playoffs). And the pitching setup did not bode well going into the series: Stripling-->Kazmir-->Wood. Yet here we are pinning our hopes on the third leg of that coyote ugly...
Red Reporter May 14, 2016

Replay confirms: Reds lose to Phillies 4-3 on collision at plate in 9th

The almost-rally ended at the hands of headsets. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Adam Duvall smacked a pair of doubles on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies, in the process raising his already impressive season OPS to a rather nice .869 mark.  At one point, Duvall was seen as merely a throw-in as part of the trade that sent Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds to the San Francisco Giants last July, since at the time Keury Mella was ranked by many as the top prospect in the entire Giants system.  So far, though, Duvall has shown the meddle to be a decent part of...
Viva El Birdos May 12, 2016

Reviewing Mike Leake's quality start against the Angels

Mike Leake produced a good stat line on Tuesday. Did the process match up with the results, though? On Tuesday in Anaheim, Mike Leake recorded his first win as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, scattering six hits over eight innings and allowing only one earned run. When asked to describe what took place in the start, Leake was idealistic with his answer, "Make good pitches and get bad contact." Now, did Leake really execute his pitches better than his first six starts of the season or could most of his success be pinned on the fact that, outside of Mike Trout, the Angels' offense...
Viva El Birdos May 11, 2016

Mike Leake gets first win as a Cardinal in 8-1 blowout

Alternate headline: Cardinals mash four home runs Our long national nightmare is over.  Mike Leake finally has a win.  More importantly, since pitchers wins are a poor statistic, Mike Leake finally has a genuinely good start.  Thus far, before last night's start, he had allowed at least three earned runs in every start this season. (If you include unearned runs, he's allowed at least four runs in every start)  So it's a relief that, on occassion, Mike Leake can produce a good start. The first batter of the game was a pretty good omen of how things would go for the rest of the game.  On...
Leake earns first win with Cardinals

Leake earns first win with Cardinals

Redbirds support him with four homers, good defense.
Viva El Birdos May 4, 2016

Mike Leake can't even buy a win but Kevin Siegrist Can: Cards win 5-4 on 5/4

Mike Leake still unimpressive but the binary Cardinals offense put up a middling number with a weird lineup and evened it out at .500. The offense and bullpen again covered up some lackluster starting pitching. Pregame Very old barton on the rocks. Mike Leake looking for his first Cardinal win (have I wrote this before?). Cardinals offense, fraudulent? Cardinals 10+ runs scored: 7 times. Cardinals less than 3 runs: 8. Which offense will show up tonight? At least I have written one recap this season where it wasn't Mike Leake. Am becoming a Mike Leake expert. Mike Leake has a career 3.98...
Diaz bats leadoff as Carpenter gets a breather

Diaz bats leadoff as Carpenter gets a breather

Yadier Molina will start at first base with Mike Leake on the mound vs. Phillies.

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