Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 7/2/13
CINCINNATI The best pitcher on the Cincinnati Reds staff right now has the initials M.L. And before fans jumped to the conclusion that it is Mat Latos, well, not so fast, Seamheads.While Latos has been supercharged for most of this season, a winning case can be made for Mike Leake. Before anyone can say, How can a No. 5 pitcher be the best on the staff?, well, Leake considers it just a number.When Im on the mound, I dont think about being No. 1 or No. 3 or No 5, said Leake. When Im on the mound, Im the guy pitching that day and I guess that makes me No. 1.Leake is 7-3 with a 2.52 earned run average and the Reds have won seven of his last nine starts during a period when the team has struggled to win.Over those nine starts, Leake has not given up more than two runs in any of those starts nine earned runs in 63 innings for a 1.00 ERA.The 25-year-old Leake, the teams No. 1 draft pick in 2009, came directly from Arizona State to the Reds rotation in 2010 a hint right that he is somet...
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