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)