Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Know Your Enemy: Mike Leake

We're back for G4 at Cincinnati, where we're giving you living room fodder for your Astros Watching Party. If you have those.

*The Astros did wonders for Mike Leake's ERA in his rookie 2010 season. Overall, he posted a 4.23 ERA/1.50 WHIP, with a 1.86 K:BB ratio and a .320 BABIP against. In two games against the Astros, he was 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA/1.40 WHIP, allowing 19H/5ER in 19.1IP. The Astros were able to draw some walks against him, getting a BB eight times, as opposed to 11Ks.

*If the Astros can get runners in scoring position, opponents are hitting .306/.387/.562 off Leake - and that's with a relatively normal .308 BABIP.

*The trick is to be patient - something the Astros haven't really done this season. With the batter ahead in the count (in 2010), they posted a .979 OPS, as opposed to a .649 OPS when Leake was ahead.

*Lefties hit Leake to the tune of .292/.342/.490 in 2010, for an .832 OPS. This would be good news if Astros lefties could hit RHPs. Astros lefties are 1x18 against RHPs in 2011.