The St. Louis Cardinals have found a new top-of-the-rotation starter, which is something they've been searching for since Adam Wainwright started struggling last season. When the Cardinals signed Mike Leake they figured they'd be adding a quality rotation piece, but Leake has been better than that.
Through his first nine starts this season, Leake has made sure the Cardinals have had a chance to win every game he's pitched.
Mike Leake: 1st Cardinals pitcher to begin a season with 9 quality starts in his first 9 games since Bob Gibson in 1968 (22 straight).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 25, 2017
A quality start is any start by a pitcher in which he allows no more than three earned runs and pitches at least six innings. The right-hander made it nine in a row on Wednesday, and it was his best start yet. Leake is rarely even tiptoeing the line of a quality start; this season he has only allowed three runs once.
Leake's line last night gave him the lowest ERA in the National League.
The National League's lowest ERA belongs to Mike Leake: 1.91.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 25, 2017
Nobody saw this type of production coming from Leake. After a disappointing season last year, he has certainly rebounded and proved he's worth his massive contract.
If he keeps up this type of play, a Cy Young award could be in his future.