Mike Leake to Travis Wood: “Top that.”

As these two guys fight for the final spot in the Reds rotation, Mike Leake went out today and dazzled everyone again: 6 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts. On the spring, Leake has tossed 18 innings, given up 16 hits, striking out 10 while walking 4; ERA is 3.00 ERA, WHIP is 1.11.

That’s not bad for a kid who hasn’t pitched an actual inning of professional baseball yet.

Travis Wood, of course, is one of the prime candidates for that fifth spot as well. This spring, Wood has posted the following: 14 IP, 2.57 ERA, 10 H, 9bb, 12k. Pretty good performance, huh?

Wood will take the mound in a 10:05 game tonight that can be seen on FSN Ohio. Can he top Leake’s start? Will either of them actually win that fifth spot? It’s going to be fun to watch.