Stat of the Day: Mike Leake’s 15 hits

Reds Mike Leake’s 15 hits

Cincinnati Reds rookie right-hander Mike Leake is 7-1 with a 3.45 ERA and is hitting .385, tops among major league pitchers with at least 40 plate appearances. Leake is 15-for-39 this year with a double, two RBI and four runs scored. Leake has walked four times and has an on-base percentage of .442. Leake has struck out only nine times.

The best batting averages for pitchers, with at least 40 plate appearances in a season, according to Elias, are .433 by Walter Johnson (in 1925), .427 by Jack Bentley (1923), .417 by Allen Watson (1995), .396 by Carl Scheib (1951) and .395 by Wes Obermueller (2004). The average National League pitcher is batting .151 this year.

Players with 15 hits this season (through July 24)

Player PA H Tm AB SO BA Pos
Brett Carroll 90 15 FLA 76 29 .197 *9/7
Andy Marte 90 15 CLE 80 16 .188 *35/D
Adam Everett 89 15 DET 81 18 .185 *6
Max Ramirez 85 15 TEX 69 22 .217 *2/D
Rick Ankiel 79 15 KCR 72 26 .208 *8
Anderson Hernandez 64 15 TOT 62 9 .242 *6/475
Ramon Castro 57 15 CHW 49 12 .306 *2/D
Mike Leake 48 15 CIN 39 9 .385 *1