Leake to pitch Tuesday
The Reds have listed Mike Leake as their probable starter for Tuesday’s game vs. the Mets, with Mat Latos taking Wednesday’s finale and facing off against Matt Harvey.
That would seem to indicate that tonight could be Tony Cingrani’s last start in the Majors for a little while.
Johnny Cueto is coming off of the DL and pitching on Monday at New York, with Leake now stationed between him and Latos. There was no specific effort to split up Cueto and Latos in the order.
“It’s when Johnny was ready and we had to re-tweak the rotation as it was because of Cingrani needing the extra day,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “That kind of changed everything. A lot of times you have a reason but this is for no particular reason. [Monday] is Johnny’s day to pitch.”
During my off days, I saw the the quotes from Baker that he never viewed the situation as Leake vs. Cingrani, and said that Leake wasn’t pitching for his job. But Leake certainly helped his own cause by posting a 2.79 ERA in his last three starts since that three-inning bad outing.