Leake slated to take next turn in rotation

Leake slated to take next turn in rotation

CINCINNATI -- All signs appear to point to pitcher Mike Leake getting another start for the Reds. Leake is still scheduled to face the Mets on Wednesday at Citi Field.

Leake, who is 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA in six starts this season, lasted a career-low three innings and allowed six runs in Friday's 8-3 loss to the Nationals.

"We haven't covered it yet. I would like to think so," Reds manager Dusty Baker said about Leake starting Wednesday. "You don't want somebody looking over their shoulder like they're on death row or something, either. We are going to a bigger ballpark in New York, which will probably help, too."

In Leake's 31 2/3 innings, he has allowed 40 hits and 11 walks with 16 strikeouts. He's allowed five or more runs in four of his six outings.

"There's such a thing as bad starts sometimes," Baker said. "We know he can pitch, but hopefully we can get it straightened out. We're confident he can still pitch. So the answer right now is yes."