As the season turns the page on the first month, St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Mike Leake finds himself atop the National League with a 1.35 ERA.
“Yeah, absolutely,” said Leake of taking some pride in the mark. “This is the elite level of baseball, so any time you’re doing a very good job at this level, it’s definitely an honor. Hopefully, I can carry it on for the next month and for years to come. Hopefully it’s not a one-month thing.”
While there is a friendly competition amongst the rotation to try and one-up each other, Leake shared he isn’t inclined to add his ERA title to the conversation.
“I suppose I could, but I know how fast this can go away so I try not to put it in their faces,” he said with a smile. “For now, I take fun in learning how to get better and just the fun part now will be seeing if I can continue to do this and keep a hold of it.”
As a rotation, the Cardinals starters have allowed just 52 earned runs in 140 innings pitched and their 3.32 ERA is tops in MLB.
“I’m pretty happy with where I’m at,” Leake said after yesterday’s outing. “Pretty happy with where the team is too — I know we’re playing .500 but I still think we have what it takes to put some wins together. I think that’s kind of what we need, put a win streak together and let it continue.”
Fellow starter Carlos Martinez ranks second among NL pitchers with a rate of 12.24 strikeouts per 9 innings.
Relievers Matt Bowman and Brett Cecil are tied for third in the NL with 14 appearances each.
Saint Louis Baseball Weekly