Tagged: Mike Leake

My #Reds Front Office expectations for MLB Winter Meetings

I know I am really stretching my hopes on this one but I thought I would add what I expect the Reds to do this MLB Winter Meetings. Three items, three simple items and I am not even going to dream on these.

1. A cheap / contract controlled outfield bat. Which will cost the most for the Reds, especially if they have to trade RHP Mike Leake. (Yes, I like Leake for the future of the Reds more than Cueto and Latos due to the fact that he can stay off the DL)

2. Cheap / contract controlled bullpen arms. This might be done with the Leake / outfield bat trade.

3. Cheap / contract controlled starting pitchers that will help next season. Let’s face it, Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos will not be with the Reds next season and if they have to trade Mike Leake to get a LF bat, they could really be in trouble next season. Another thing to think about is, there is no way Jocketty and the Reds will sign a big pitcher in next off-season to play in Great American Ball Park, so once again he will have to trade to get them. There are some very nice young pitchers on the Reds farm system right now that should be ready soon so that helps a lot, unless they have to trade them with Leake to get the LF bat.

All of these things should already be at the top of the list for Reds Front Office when they head into the Winter Meetings. I have seen a lot of fans saying they need a SS but in my mind let’s just deal with the real bad issues first. LF bat / bullpen arms / and starting pitchers for the next season.

Now let’s look at what really will happen for the Reds this Winter Meetings! Nothing, nothing at all. Walt and his team will come home empty handed and nothing will be done. Because as we all know, Walt does not make deals under pressure, “I won’t make a deal just to make a deal” And good old Walt does not like to be rushed. So Walt, take your time. There is no rush at all, the Reds will just be hosting the All-Star game this season. Take your time.


Is Yoenis Cespedes the only option?

Lately there have been a lot of trade rumors, which of course do not relate to the Cincinnati Reds. Ok, there is one. Boston Red Sox could trade LF Yoenis Cespedes to the Reds for one of their starting pitchers, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and/or Mike Leake. Personally I don’t really think Cespedes is the guy the Reds need if an OBP guy is what they are looking for. But he is an upgrade from what they had or would have if they went in house for an option. He would be a one year rental and maybe a flash in the pan like Shin-Soo Choo as he gets ready to be a Free Agent.

As a fan, you usually want the team to get better every season and this move would make the team better but if I was Walt Jocketty, I would not pull the trigger if the Red Sox are looking for Cueto and Latos and only want to give up Cespedes. And to tell you the honest truth, out of those three pitchers, I would be looking to re-sign Mike Leake the most, due to him looking like a Bronson Arroyo type pitcher who will pitch many seasons and innings very healthy, which could be very beneficial to the Reds right now.

If the Reds could get two or three other contract controlled players along with Cespedes then I can’t see how the Reds front office can say no, but I don’t think that is the case and I personally don’t like the idea of trading a one year pitcher like Cueto / Latos for one year of Cespedes. Keep the pitching and wait until the trade deadline where you will be able to get a lot more if you are not making the playoffs.

There are a lot of Reds fans already wanting to buy a Cespedes uniform and other merchandise and I don’t blame them. It would be nice to see what the kid can do in Great American Ball Park but if it was up to me, I would rather sign Nori Aoki and keep the three pitchers until the trade deadline.

#Reds Leake vs #Dodgers Beckett 06.10.2014

Intriguing matchup finds Josh Beckett dueling Mike Leake. The Dodgers and Reds have played one-run contests in six of their last eight meetings, with each team taking four games. There is no reason to think that trend might change when the teams play the second of a four-game series on Tuesday night in Cincinnati as the Dodgers send Josh Beckett (2.57 ERA) to the mound opposed by Mike Leake (3.29 ERA).

Dodgers vs Reds

Mike Leake 44 | P
3 – 5 ERA 3.29
Leake had his worst outing of the season in a loss to the Giants on Thursday, giving up five runs on eight hits in five innings. In five career appearances (four starts) against the Dodgers, he is 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA.

Josh Beckett 61 | P
3 – 3 ERA 2.57
Beckett pitches with an extra day of rest, which should be welcome in his third outing since the 128-pitch no-hitter. A 2.56 ERA underscores a comeback-of-the-year season.

Leake vs Dodgers

Leake vs Dodgers

Good options to have

There are many things I learned while watching Cincinnati Reds last game against San Diego Padres. (2-1 loss) Mike Leake is a stud number 4/5 guy in the rotation for the Reds. If the Reds were looking for a Bronson Arroyo replacement, they found him. Leake is going to be a solid 200+ inning pitcher every season no matter where you put him in the rotation. If the Reds don’t re-sign Bronson
Arroyo they will have Mike Leake who will become their Mr. Dependable no problem. Every time it is his turn in the rotation he will be there, good or bad, he will be there. Last night he went 7 scoreless innings allowing 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Can’t get any better than that from your number 4/5 guy in the rotation. I still like Bronson Arroyo, and I hope they do re-sign him but the money he is asking for might be too much for the Reds to handle, at least we know we have another solid inning eater just in case.

The second thing I saw out of last nights game was Derrick Robinson will be a solid top of the batting order guy if the Reds don’t re-sign Shin-Soo Choo which will give the Reds options on if they want to rush Billy Hamilton. Robinson went 2 for 5 with a triple and a run. Robinson has great speed and would be a bonus for any club, especially if he is coming off the bench like his is for the Reds, but what I saw yesterday is, he can be a pretty solid lead off guy if they really need it. Xavier Paul and Derrick Robinson have really impressed me and should have jobs on this club for a very long time if they keep it up.

Derrick Robinson

With all of this, it is good to have a back up plan and from what I have seen, the Reds have two. Mike Leake can be the teams next generations Bronson Arroyo and Derrick Robinson can be the teams lead off hitter next season if Billy Hamilton needs another year to grow. Options are always good to have when it comes to a MLB team with a tight budget.

Leake looking for a better start against the Padres

Cincinnati Reds right-handed starter Mike Leake has never pitched at Petco Park. He has only pitched one game against San Diego Padres and that was a 1.2 inning start where he gave up 5 earned runs with 3 walks and 1 strike out. Which was against former Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez.

Mike  Leake

San Diego Padres right-handed starter Sean O’Sullivan has only faced three Reds’ hitters in his career (2009 to 2013) Shin-Soo Choo, Jack Hannahan and Cesar Izturis. Choo has 10 at bats vs. O’Sullivan with 2 hits, 2 RBI and 4 SO. Hannahan has 2 hits, 1 BB and 1 SO in 4 AB. Izturis only faced him 2 times and did not record anything in those 2 AB.

This is a very interesting combo to say the least and I am hoping the Reds can bring some much needed offense to help Leake out. I am also hoping Mike Leake can last longer then 1 inning. An 8 inning game from him would really help the Reds bullpen out but at this point I would settle for 6 quality innings of 0 to 1 run baseball.

Reds need to bounce back after yesterday’s loss against Los Angeles Dodgers and I think they need to do it with a bang! Hit O’Sullivan early and get the Padres on their heals right out of the gate. A 5 run 1st inning sure would put a smile on my face.

Padres 11 at Reds 5 (July 30, 2012 / Great American Ball Park)

Reds 4 Mets 0 [May 21, 2013]

Cincinnati Reds scored early in this game and I have to say it was the best first inning of play I have seen the Reds play in a very long time. Great patience at the plate by some guys that usually go up to bat swinging. Great game to watch and I really enjoyed watching Mike Leake pitch today, he was locating his pitches very nice and that low strike was really working well for him.

Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips extended their hitting streaks and Todd Frazier went 2 for 4 while Devin Mesoraco got a nice home run in the 9th inning.

Reds score on error

Devin Mesoraco’s solo homer

Leake’s great start

Last year on May 21 Mike Leake won against Atlanta Braves in Great American Ball Park 4-1.
May 21, 2012 [Braves 1 vs. Reds 4]

Pitching             IP H R ER BB SO HR
Mike Leake W (1-5)    8 3 1  1  1  6  1

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Generated 5/21/2013.

May 21, 2013 [Reds 4 vs. Mets 0]

Pitching             IP H R ER BB SO HR
Mike Leake W (4-2)    7 3 0  0  2  4  0

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Blast after blast after blast (Do you remember?)

May 21, 2012 (Braves 1 at Reds 4)

Mike Leake, Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs hit back to back to back home runs against the Braves to win 4 to 1. I remember watching this game and feeling that this season was going to be something special.

Leake’s first career homer

Cozart’s back-to-back jack

Stubbs goes back-to-back-to-back

Kyle Lohse part 2

Cincinnati Reds will be facing St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse for the second time this season and I thought I would look more into what happened last game that made Lohse win over Mike Leake. Cardinals 3 – Reds 1

I can tell you I have had the pleasure of watching both of his starts this season and he has really come a long way from when he played with the Reds. Kyle Lohse has been very successful this season with his sinker. He has thrown in 73 times (40%) in two starts and 64.4% were strikes with 38.4% swings, 2.7% whiffs, 11.0% foul and 24.7% of them in play. (Mostly right to a position player to get the easy out.) His slider is also another pitch that has been very effective for him early this season. He has thrown it 40 times (23.3%) 62.5% strikes, 42.5% swung on and 7.5% whiffs. 7.5% were foul and 27.5% were in play. His change-up is what many announcers are praising right now though. He has thrown it 28 times (15.6%) with 64.3% strikes, 60.7% swing, 17.9% whiff, 25% foul and 17.9% in play. He has also thrown a 4-seam fastball this season 25 times (14%) with it also being a high strike pitch at 60%. 40% swing, 0% whiff and 20% both foul and in play. He threw a curveball 13 times this season. (7.3%) 53.8% strike, 23.1 swhing and 7.7% whiff, foul and in play. These stats can be all seen at pitch/fx

When the Reds faced Kyle Lohse this season at home he threw his sinker 39 times (43.3%) with it clocking in at 88 mph and 59% of them being strikes. 38.5% were swung at while 5.1% were whiffs, 12.8% foul and 20.5% in play. His slider was thrown 18 times (20%) and were in the strike zone 66.7% of the time with 44.4% swung on, 5.6% whiff, 11.1% foul and 27.8% in play. He threw his change-up and 4-seam fastball 14 times that game both seeing pretty good results versus the Reds hitters. They both hit the strike zone 71.4% with the change-up getting 64.3% swing and the fastball getting only 50%. His change-up had 7.1% whiff while his fastball got 0%. Change-ups in play was at 21.4% while his fastball got 28.6% in that game. He also threw his curveball 5 times (5.6%) with 40% strikes and 20% swing and foul. During this game he had a groundout rate of 29.17% and a flyout rate of 16.67%. 8.33% was the number for lineouts, strikeouts, pop outs and singles. 4.17% was double, intent walk, triple, hit by pitch and sac fly.

Kyle Lohse vs. Zack Cozart (4/10/12) [Source]
Lohse threw his slider 4 times, (44%) 75% strikes, 50% swung on with 50% in play. He also threw his change-up and sinker 2 times each with his change-up in the strike zone 50% and his sinker 100%. Cozart swung at his change-up 50% with 50% fouled off also while doing nothing with his sinker. Lohse also threw his cuverball once which was a ball. Cozart groundout, got hit by pitch and tripled.

Kyle Lohse vs. Joey Votto (4/10/12) [Source]
Single, lineout and sac fly were the results when these two faced for the first time this season. Lohse threw Votto 5 4-seam fastballs and 5 sinkers along with 1 change-up. His fastball and sinker hit the strike zone 80% while his change-up was a foul ball. Votto swung at his fastball 60% and his sinker 40% fouling off the fastball 40% and putting it in play 20%. Votto put his sinker into play 40% also.

Kyle Lohse vs. Scott Rolen (4/10/12) [Source]
Flyout, lineout and groundout with 4 sliders, 3 sinkers, 2 4-seam fastballs and 1 curveball. 25% slider strikes, 66.7% sinker strikes, and 100% 4-seam fastball strikes with the curveball being a ball. Rolen swung at the sinker (66%) and fastball *50%) putting them in play.

Kyle Lohse vs. Jay Bruce (4/10/12) [Source]
Double, Strikeout and single with 8 sinkers, 7 change-ups and 1 curveball. 37.5% sinker strikes, 71.4% change-up strikes and 100% curveball strikes. Bruce swung at the sinker 25% and his change-up 57% while his curveball was just a called strike. Jay whiffed at the sinker 25% and the change-up 14% while fouling it off 14.3% and putting it into play 28.6%.

Kyle Lohse vs. Chris Heisey (4/10/12) [Source]
Groundout, flyout and pop out with 9 sinkers, 2 change-ups, 1 4-seam fastball and 1 slider. 55.6% sinker strikes with every other pitch being 100% strikes. 0% whiffed at which is very impressive for Heisey. 33% sinker fouls, 100% change-up fouls and 100% slider fouls with 22.2% sinkers in play and 100% 4-seam fastballs in play.

Kyle Lohse vs. Drew Stubbs (4/10/12) [Source]
Groundout and strikeout with 5 sliders, 2 sinkers, 2 4-seam fastballs and 1 change-up. 80% slider strikes and 50% sinker strikes with Stubbs swinging at the slider 40% and fouling it off 20% and putting it into play 20%.

Kyle Lohse vs. Devin Mesoraco (4/10/12) [Source]
Intentional walk and pop out with 1 slider and 1 4-seam fastball both strikes with Mesoraco swinging at the slider and putting it into play.

Kyle Lohse vs. Willie Harris (4/10/12) [Source]
2 groundouts and a flyout with 5 sinkers, 3 4-seam fastballs, 2 curveballs and 1 change-up. 80% sinker strikes, 66% fastball strikes, 50% curveball strikes and 100% change-up strikes. Harris swung at the sinker 60%, fastball 66%, curveball 50% and the change-up 100%. Fouling off the sinker (40%) fastball (33%) and the curveball. (50%) He put the sinker in play 20% and the fastball 33% with also putting the change-up in play.

Kyle Lohse vs. Mike Leake (4/10/12) [Source]
Flyout and groundout with 5 sinkers and 3 sliders. 40% sinker strikes while he threw 66.7% slider strikes. Leake whiffed at the slider 33% and put it into play 33%. He put the sinker in play 20%.

Kyle Lohse vs. Cincinnati Reds

                    PA  AB  H HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP   SLG   OPS
Willie Harris       31  27  6  0   1  2  1 .222 .276  .222  .498
Scott Rolen         21  18  4  1   2  2  1 .222 .333  .444  .778
Jay Bruce           19  18  6  1   4  1  6 .333 .368  .667 1.035
Brandon Phillips    18  16  4  0   1  1  2 .250 .278  .313  .590
Ryan Ludwick        16  15  3  0   2  1  6 .200 .250  .200  .450
Joey Votto          15  14  5  0   1  0  4 .357 .333  .500  .833
Ryan Hanigan        12  10  1  0   0  2  1 .100 .250  .200  .450
Drew Stubbs          8   7  0  0   0  1  2 .000 .125  .000  .125
Wilson Valdez        5   4  1  0   0  1  1 .250 .400  .250  .650
Zack Cozart          3   2  1  0   0  0  0 .500 .667 1.500 2.167
Chris Heisey         3   3  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Bronson Arroyo       2   1  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Homer Bailey         2   2  0  0   0  0  2 .000 .000  .000  .000
Johnny Cueto         2   2  1  0   0  0  0 .500 .500  .500 1.000
Mike Leake           2   2  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Devin Mesoraco       2   1  0  0   0  1  0 .000 .500  .000  .500
Miguel Cairo         1   1  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Mat Latos            1   0  0  0   0  0                        0
Total              163 143 32  2  11 12 26 .224 .289  .336  .625

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Generated 4/16/2012.

What will come first?

I wanted to have some fun and see what everyone thought about some of these questions. I could have started a poll for each but would rather have comments so then you can discuss your decisions.

What will come first in 2012?

Mat Latos getting a no-hitter or Mat Latos getting a home run?
Johnny Cueto 20 wins or Johnny Cueto 200 IP?
Ryan Madson 40 saves or Ryan Madson 90 SO?
Ryan Ludwick 20 HR or Ryan Ludwick 120 SO?
Joey Votto 120 hits or Joey Votto 20 HR?
Jay Bruce 25 HR or Jay Bruce 100 SO?
Drew Stubbs 125 SO or Drew Stubbs 25 SB?
Mike Leake 15 wins or Mike Leake 125 SO?
Bronson Arroyo 215 IP or Bronson Arroyo allowing 30 HR?
Cincinnati Reds 20 wins or Cincinnati Reds 20 losses?

Reds roster and staff

Here is the 40-Man Roster for the Cincinnati Reds as of today. This of course is not counting Ryan Ludwick who is still not official yet.

        Cincinnati Reds 40-Man Roster
 #     Pitchers         B/T  Ht    Wt     DOB 
33 Jose Arredondo       R-R 6'0"  175  Mar 12, 1984 
61 Bronson Arroyo       R-R 6'4"  195  Feb 24, 1977 
34 Homer Bailey         R-R 6'3"  200  May 3, 1986 
   Andrew Brackman      R-R 6'10" 230  Dec 4, 1985 
45 Bill Bray            L-L 6'3"  225  Jun 5, 1983 
54 Aroldis Chapman      L-L 6'4"  195  Feb 28, 1988 
47 Johnny Cueto         R-R 5'10" 220  Feb 15, 1986 
46 Carlos Fisher        R-R 6'4"  225  Feb 22, 1983 
   Josh Judy            R-R 6'4"  200  Feb 9, 1986 
   Mat Latos            R-R 6'6"  225  Dec 9, 1987 
44 Mike Leake           R-R 6'1"  185  Nov 12, 1987 
63 Sam LeCure           R-R 6'1"  205  May 4, 1984 
   Kyle Lotzkar         L-R 6'4"  200  Oct 24, 1989 
   Ryan Madson          L-R 6'6"  200  Aug 28, 1980 
   Sean Marshall        L-L 6'7"  220  Aug 30, 1982 
40 Nick Masset          R-R 6'4"  240  May 17, 1982 
66 Logan Ondrusek       R-R 6'8"  230  Feb 13, 1985 
62 Jordan Smith         R-R 6'4"  220  Feb 4, 1986 
   Pedro Villarreal     R-R 6'1"  215  Dec 9, 1987 

 #     Catchers         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
29 Ryan Hanigan         R-R 6'0"  200  Aug 16, 1980 
39 Devin Mesoraco       R-R 6'1"  220  Jun 19, 1988 

 #   Infielders         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
43 Miguel Cairo         R-R 6'1"  220  May 4, 1974 
2  Zack Cozart          R-R 6'0"  195  Aug 12, 1985 
25 Juan Francisco       L-R 6'2"  240  Jun 24, 1987 
21 Todd Frazier         R-R 6'3"  220  Feb 12, 1986 
   Didi Gregorius       L-R 6'1"  175  Feb 18, 1990 
7  Paul Janish          R-R 6'2"  200  Oct 12, 1982 
   Donald Lutz          L-R 6'3"  235  Feb 6, 1989 
71 Kristopher Negron    R-R 6'0"  180  Feb 1, 1986 
4  Brandon Phillips     R-R 6'0"  205  Jun 28, 1981 
   Henry Rodriguez      S-R 5'10" 150  Feb 9, 1990 
27 Scott Rolen          R-R 6'4"  245  Apr 4, 1975 
   Neftali Soto         R-R 6'2"  180  Feb 28, 1989 
3  Chris Valaika        R-R 6'0"  210  Aug 14, 1985 
19 Joey Votto           L-R 6'3"  220  Sep 10, 1983 

 #   Outfielders        B/T Ht     Wt      DOB 
32 Jay Bruce            L-L 6'3"  225  Apr 3, 1987 
28 Chris Heisey         R-R 6'0"  225  Dec 14, 1984 
   Denis Phipps         R-R 6'3"  210  Jul 22, 1985 
6  Drew Stubbs          R-R 6'4"  200  Oct 4, 1984 


        Cincinnati Reds Coaching Staff 
Manager & Coaches 
 #     Name            Position 
12 Dusty Baker         Manager 
49 Brook Jacoby        Batting Coach 
38 Bryan Price         Pitching Coach 
   Mack Jenkins        Assistant Pitching Coach 
22 Billy Hatcher       First Base Coach 
41 Mark Berry          Third Base Coach 
35 Chris Speier        Bench Coach 
59 Juan Lopez          Bullpen Coach 
72 Mike Stefanski      Bullpen Catcher 

      Name             Position 
 Terry Reynolds        Director of Pro Scouting 
 J Harrison            Scout 
 Marty Maier           Scout 
 Jeff Morris           Scout 
 John Morris           Scout 
 Shawn Pender          Scout 
 Steve Roadcap         Scout 
 Mike Squires          Scout 
 Jeff Taylor           Scout 
 Dominic Viola         Scout 
 Jerry Walker          Scout 
 Joe Morgan            Baseball Operations Assistant 
 Paul Lessard          Athletic Trainer 
 Mark Riggins          Minor League Pitching Coordinator 
 Rick Sweet            Coordinator, Catching 


     Cincinnati Reds Broadcasters 

Marty Brennaman
Thom Brennaman
Chris Welsh 
Jeff Brantley
Jim Kelch
George Grande
Sean Casey
Kent Mercker