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Viva El Birdos Feb 23, 2017
2017 VEB Community Projections: Mike Leake

2017 VEB Community Projections: Mike Leake

He did roughly what was expected last year. Will he do it again We get it. Mike Leake isn’t the most inspiring pitcher to watch on the mound. He doesn’t have incredible velocity. he doesn’t have a nasty curve. He doesn’t strike a lot of guys out. His presence isn’t exactly imposing. He does more or less get the job done, though, and that is what the Cardinals are paying him to do. Last season, Leake had a solid 3.83 FIP which was good for a 2.5 WAR. Like most Cardinals pitchers last year, he was undone by poor defense and unlucky sequencing. Leake’s .318 BABIP against was 25...
Viva El Birdos Feb 14, 2017
Cardinals news and notes: Mike Leake, Baseball Prospectus, Greg Garcia, Dexter Fowler, possibility of selling

Cardinals news and notes: Mike Leake, Baseball Prospectus, Greg Garcia, Dexter Fowler, possibility of selling

Looking back on an eventful Monday at Viva El Birdos. Here’s a rundown of yesterday’s stories: Mike Leake, strikeouts, an the value if defense — Alex Crisafulli led off the day with a story on Cardinals starter Mike Leake that will change your opinion on the guy, if, of course, you’re not too high on him to begin with. Four Cardinals appear in the Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 — Joe Schwarz took a look at the four Cardinals who appear in Baseball Prospects’ Top 101, including Alex Reyes, Sandy Alcantara, Delvin Perez, and Carson Kelly. Evaluating Greg Garcia’s case for a...
Red Bird Rants Feb 13, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals: Contact Quality Against Mike Leake

Many writers are expecting a rebound season from Mike Leake in 2017 for the St. Louis Cardinals, citing bad luck as the source of his struggles last year. What does hitters’ contact quality against Leake reveal about his 2016 performance? Mike Leake undeniably had a disappointing season for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016. Signed […] St. Louis Cardinals: Contact Quality Against Mike Leake - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Red Reporter Feb 13, 2017
2017 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Keury Mella Is Your #23 Prospect!

2017 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Keury Mella Is Your #23 Prospect!

I still don't know how you're supposed to say this guy's name. What do you do with Keury Mella?  Is he a top 10 prospect or in the 20's range?  Most prospect gurus have him all over the place and that has to do with his obvious arm talent but inconsistency when he pitches.  I remembering being excited when we got Mella for Mike Leake, but what he's shown since coming to the Reds organization has tempered that excitement.  It seems it has for you as well.  The nice thing is Mella does have a lot of talent, and can prove us all wrong in 2017. Blake Trahan, SS Highest 2016 Level: High-A...
Viva El Birdos Feb 13, 2017
Mike Leake, strikeouts, and the value of defense

Mike Leake, strikeouts, and the value of defense

Tweaks to the defense might go a long way for strikeout-challenged pitchers like Mike Leake. Strikeouts are soaring in baseball and have increased every year for nine straight seasons. In 2016, 21.1% of all plate appearances ended with the batter being rung up on strikes. That’s the highest it has been going back over 100 years (and up from 16.8% from just ten years ago), which is especially noteworthy given that they had to lower the mound at the end of the ‘60s because pitchers were becoming too dominant. Strikeouts are even more prolific in the National League (21.5% in 2016)...
Viva El Birdos Jan 26, 2017
Changing speeds with Alex Reyes

Changing speeds with Alex Reyes

As a hitter, when you are tasked with catching up to 101+ MPH, it is borderline unfair to also have to wait back on a pitch in the mid to high 70’s. The starting rotation of the 2017 St. Louis Cardinals, while potentially exciting, is undeniably loaded with question marks. Will former ace Adam Wainwright bounce back now that he is more than one full season removed from a major injury? Will Lance Lynn find a way to return to his 3+ fWAR ways despite the typical struggles faced by pitchers in their first season back from Tommy John? Will Mike Leake capitalize on his ability to command his...

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