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Scoring change strengthens Mike Leake's ROY bid

Aug 9, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

A week later, Mike Leake’s case for NL Rookie of the Year honors just got a whole lot better.
MLB on Monday made a scoring change that gave Scott Rolen an error on a shot to third that was originally ruled a Lastings Milledge double in last Tuesday’s game between the Reds and Pirates.
As a result, Leake, who was originally charged with seven runs — six earned — over five innings in his third loss of the season, now gets tagged with no earned runs in the game.
His ERA, which had stood at 3.86, drops down to 3.43, placing him 18th in the NL.
Leake remains a long shot to win Rookie of the Year, but with Jaime Garcia returning to earth and Jason Heyward having missed time, he has a chance. Here are the stats of the top contenders at the moment:
Mike Leake – 7-3, 3.43 ERA, 132 H, 78/44 K/BB in 126 IP
Jaime Garcia – 9-5, 2.53 ERA, 113 H, 97/46 K/BB in 121 IP
Jon Niese – 7-5, 3.63 ERA, 124 H, 93/42 K/BB in 119 IP
Jonny Venters – 3-0, 1 Sv, 1.10 ERA, 33 H, 60/25 K/BB in 57 1/3 IP
Jason Heyward – .261/.375/.443, 11 HR, 50 RBI, 8 SB in 341 AB
Buster Posey – .342/.389/.518, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 0 SB in 222 AB
Starlin Castro – .308/.356/.443, 3 HR, 33 RBI, 5 SB in 289 AB
Gaby Sanchez – .294/.355/.461, 12 HR, 52 RBI, 5 SB in 395 AB

  1. 44Fishy - Aug 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    I’m not up to speed on this particular play-
    How does changing that one play erase 6 earned runs?

  2. David Coleman - Aug 9, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    By the end of the season, Chris Johnson may work his way into the conversation.
    Johnson – .353/.380/.551, 5 HR, 29 RBIs, 2 SB in 166 PA

  3. RichardInBigD - Aug 9, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    As an example, if an error is made that would/should have resulted in the third out of the inning, none of the runs scored after that error are counted as earned runs, since they would not have been possible had that error not occured.

  4. JBerardi - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    This is a great illustration of what a crappy stat ERA is.

  5. Tim - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Speaking of coming back down to earth, you should probably update this post to reflect the beating put on Leake by the Cardinals today.

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