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.

19 Responses

  1. TC

    I don’t know why, but I find myself hoping Wood gets the job. Probably means Leake with get it.

  2. Mark in cc.

    I think all Wood has to do is match Leake to win. The key will also be keeping his walks low. I really think Dusty would like Leake but in the end, if Wood is competitive tonight, Jocketty will over-rule him due to contracts and roster.

  3. Mark in cc.

    Here is probably a meaningless but interesting piece of related Dusty Baker Trivia. In his Major League Managing Career, beginning in 1993, he has only had 2 different starting pitchers win double digit games in a season. Shawn Estes (3yrs) and Kirk Reuter(6) pver the same 6 years. 6 out of 16 years. Is this due to a lack of quality left candidates or does he prefer righties.

    • RiverCity Redleg

      Here is probably a meaningless but interesting piece of related Dusty Baker Trivia. In his Major League Managing Career, beginning in 1993, he has only had 2 different starting pitchers win double digit games in a season. Shawn Estes (3yrs) and Kirk Reuter(6) pver the same 6 years. 6 out of 16 years. Is this due to a lack of quality left candidates or does he prefer righties.

      What??? 😯

  4. Steve

    Brantley, on the radio broadcast today, was making a big deal about how Wood had paid his dues in the organization and if the two spring training records were close that Wood should get the nod. I guess I don’t disagree with that, although I am a big fan of Mike Leake’s.

    In some ways this likely will turn out to be not a big deal since as soon as Chapman is ready to go, he’ll become the fifth starter.

    It’s likely that, barring injuries, neither Leake or Wood will get that many starts at the major league level until September. But both have proven they can step in for Harang and Arroyo next year.

  5. TC

    Okay, way off target here, but I’ve got a gripe.

    I just ordered tickets for Wednesday night’s game at MLB.com. I got View Level seat (right behind home plate, btw) and the ticket price was $22.00. Cool. What a value, right? First thing, I get socked with a $4.09 Convience Fee (a.k.a. Cincinnati Admission Tax). Okay, well they are $26.04. I don’t mind, it’s Openning Night. Bronson Arroyo. It’s cool.

    Next, I get hit with a $3.25 Processing Fee. Hmmmm. Okay, openning night.

    Next, I get hit with a $2.25 Delivery Fee so that MLB.com can email me my tickets for me to print them out myself. Bringing the grand total to… $31.59!!! According to my public school math, that’s almost 50% more than the advertised price.

    Now, I’m not so hard up I can’t afford $31.95, especially for Openning Night, Bronson Arroyo, Cardinals v. Reds, GABP. But come on!!! A DELIVERY FEE TO SEND THE TICKETS TO MY EMAIL ACCOUNT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!

    I’ve always been either a “My Mom’s company has tickets”, or have been a walk-up. This it THE last time I buy tickets anywhere BUT directly from the Reds.

    Okay, interuption over. As you were.

    • Bill Lack

      Okay, way off target here, but I’ve got a gripe.I just ordered tickets for Wednesday night’s game at MLB.com.I got View Level seat (right behind home plate, btw) and the ticket price was $22.00.Cool.What a value, right?First thing, I get socked with a $4.09 Convience Fee (a.k.a. Cincinnati Admission Tax).Okay, well they are $26.04.I don’t mind, it’s Openning Night.Bronson Arroyo.It’s cool.Next, I get hit with a $3.25 Processing Fee.Hmmmm.Okay, openning night.Next, I get hit with a $2.25 Delivery Fee so that MLB.com can email me my tickets for me to print them out myself.Bringing the grand total to… $31.59!!!According to my public school math, that’s almost 50% more than the advertised price.Now, I’m not so hard up I can’t afford $31.95, especially for Openning Night, Bronson Arroyo, Cardinals v. Reds, GABP.But come on!!!A DELIVERY FEE TO SEND THE TICKETS TO MY EMAIL ACCOUNT?ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!I’ve always been either a “My Mom’s company has tickets”, or have been a walk-up.This it THE last time I buy tickets anywhere BUT directly from the Reds.Okay, interuption over.As you were.

      TC, I’m guessing it won’t be much, if any, different if you buy from the Reds…anytime I buy tickets for anything online, you always get screwed with all those extra fees.

  6. TC

    Once again, as I’ve said each and every time I’ve done it… never blog angry. Public school math indeed. 22 + 4.09 does not equal 26.04. 😳

  7. pinson343

    Based on performance, it’s Leake. But I agree that WJ might not go that way.

  8. Travis G.

    I’m not wild about Wood’s K/BB rate, but he’ll be the guy almost assuredly over Leake because he’s already on the 40-man. But I do wonder whether either guy will start the season in Cincinnati.

    I read yesterday that Dusty was talking about how the team doesn’t need a fifth starter until April 11, and that he might prefer having an extra position player until then. Might make sense to let the competitions drag on for another week, and give Leake and Wood each a minor league start and keep both Sutton and Miles on the 25-man roster. (Does Sutton have any options left? I’m guessing this is his last season with options, but I don’t know for sure.)

  9. TC

    Sutton SHOULD have all his options. He was a AA player for most of the year before he was traded to the Reds, only getting promoted to the bigs with the Reds. I don’t think the Reds excersiced any options last year. Once he got to the club, he was never sent back down. So, I think he still has three option years left.

    Wood had a bad 3rd last night. I wouldn’t say he completely fell apart, but he walked three batters in a row.

  10. Jason461

    I think last night made it really interesting. I think if Wood had matched Leake, he would have been named the starter, but now, I don’t know. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m excited for the season to start. This is the first team in a while where I felt like even their floor is pretty okay. It’s nice to know they won’t be terrible and might actually be pretty good.

  11. Sultan of Swaff

    There’s not much to like about the # of walks Wood has issued this spring, but I’m gonna give him a pass due to the climate and last year’s work. That said, Leake won the job by simply being what he is—a guy with trememdous commmand and savvy, not to mention a plus two seamer w/ tons of depth. This guy will thrive in the #5 hole—and by thrive I mean his floor will be 8-10 wins and a sub 5 ERA.

  12. davidmp2

    However we start the year, be it Wood or Leake, I’m sure both guys will pitch with the Reds this year. As a storyline, I’m more interested in how the rotation plays out next season. The Reds have six good young pitchers in Volquez, Cueto, Bailey, Wood, Leake and Chapman. Even without Harang and Arroyo, one of these guys is the odd man out. Then you have to ask whether the Reds can go without a proven 200 IP guy? It’s why Cueto and Bailey posting strong IPs this season is so important.

    Does anyone else see some Greg Maddux in Mike Leake?

  13. Jason461

    @davidmp2: I think it’s a big mistake to assume that all six of the young pitchers will stay healthy. I’d like to see them at least resign one of Harang or Arroyo because they are known quantities. The odds are few of the young guys won’t pan out at the Major League level. It’s good to be prepared if that’s the way it goes.

  14. GRF

    If it is Leake, then don’t we need to make a 40 man roster move? If so, whom?

  15. hoosierdad

    The way Wood pitched is doesn’t bode well for him. He was obviously in a pressure situation and didn’t perform well. Getting hit hard is one thing. Giving the other team a free pass is totally different.

  16. TC

    @Bill Lack: Maybe not. But you don’t care when you buy at the gate. You feel like you are helping the team somehow.

    I had just had by annual checkup at the doctor’s. There was something purchasing my tickets that night that reminded me of my Dr.’s appointment. You know… the bill is always more than you think it’s going to be. What did you think I meant?