If you attend tonight’s game vs. the Chicago Cubs, note this little wrinkle in the normal viewing habits of Reds fans when it’s time for the eminently watchable Shin-Soo Choo to come to bat for the second time. And why is that? Because Mike Leake is coming to bat just before Choo. Unlike many of his pitching colleagues throughout baseball, Leake is anything but an automatic out. In fact, over the past three seasons, he has more hits than any pitcher in the league. Leake has a career .283 batting average (49-for-173), something that some of his non-pitching Reds teammates can only wish for. And his .315 career on-base percentage would make past Reds leadoff hitters envious. Leake also has two career home runs and six doubles – and thanks to his last outing -- that rarest of entries in a pitcher’s "standard batting’’ line on baseball-reference.com: A triple. Leake scored three runs last Wednesday night. He's the first Reds pitcher to do that in 25 years. Leake was a toddler when Reds pitcher Danny Jackson scored three times on Sept. 4, 1988.
Mike Leake fun to watch at the plate
Cincinnati Enquirer | Apr 22