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Mike Leake Gives Cincinnati Reds Dual Threat

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

There are certain things that I have come to expect in MLB over the years, the biggest being pitchers who can’t hit.

Mike Leake may be one of the pitchers who is proving me wrong. Leake threw seven shutout innings and added three hits on Wednesday night for the Cincinnati Reds in a victory. I couldn’t be more pleased to finally see a pitcher be able to handle the bat.

Leake had struggled to start this 2013 season before his strong outing, giving up nine runs in 12 innings in his first two starts. The part that I love though is the fact that Leake is hitting .444 at the plate with four hits in nine at-bats. There is something about a pitcher who has a career batting average of .283. I want more pitchers to be able to do that, and the Reds know that they can feel safe with Leake at the plate.

The Reds have started 8-7 this season and appear to have their early issues behind them. The team is third in MLB in runs scored with 81. Leake is going to need to step up even more for the Reds with Johnny Cueto out due to injury, and I can only hope that Leake doesn’t forget how to hit while trying to be one of the top pitchers in the Cincinnati rotation.

The Reds are going to need all the offense they can get along the way especially if their pitching has any trouble. Leake could be the one that fills in all the cracks right now.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.