lastingsgriller wrote:Why would you want Lester over the 2013 NL cy young award winner?
When did Matt Harvey get brought up??
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isayfujobu wrote:Been watching off and on, he has zero feel for the curve today. Not good against a dead-red fastball hitter like Soriano. Sometimes it floats right in, sometimes it hits Rizzo right in the back. He's going to be nasty when he develops either that or a true change.
The Reds have listed Mike Leake as their probable starter for Tuesday’s game vs. the Mets, with Mat Latos taking Wednesday’s finale and facing off against Matt Harvey.
That would seem to indicate that tonight could be Tony Cingrani’s last start in the Majors for a little while.
Johnny Cueto is coming off of the DL and pitching on Monday at New York, with Leake now stationed between him and Latos. There was no specific effort to split up Cueto and Latos in the order.
“It’s when Johnny was ready and we had to re-tweak the rotation as it was because of Cingrani needing the extra day,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “That kind of changed everything. A lot of times you have a reason but this is for no particular reason. [Monday] is Johnny’s day to pitch.”
During my off days, I saw the the quotes from Baker that he never viewed the situation as Leake vs. Cingrani, and said that Leake wasn’t pitching for his job. But Leake certainly helped his own cause by posting a 2.79 ERA in his last three starts since that three-inning bad outing.
I asked Dusty Baker after tonight’s game if Mike Leake had done enough to keep his spot in the rotation. Leake (3-2) has a 2.75 ERA over his last five starts. He’s gone at least six innings in all five.
Leake, according to conventional wisdom, has been competing with Tony Cingrani to keep a spot when No. 1 starter Johnny Cueto returns from the disabled list. Baker said that’s not the case.
“Who’s talking about keeping his spot?” Baker said. “He’s doing better than some of the guys on our staff. I don’t understand why it comes down to Leake and somebody else. Leakie’s pitched well. He’s taken us deep into games.
“It never was a competition.”
Baker did not definitively say who goes when Cueto returns. Cueto is scheduled to start Monday.
“We’ll let you know when that happens,” Baker said. “I don’t think it was a matter of Leakie pitching to keep his spot. It was his spot before anyone else came. You just don’t give up on somebody that quick.”
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