Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Leake makes home debut as Cards face Crew

Mike Leake hopes the Cardinals saved some extra-base hits for his home debut.
The right-hander, formerly of the Reds, will pitch in a Cardinals uniform at Busch Stadium for the first time on Wednesday, when St. Louis, coming off a rout of Milwaukee in Monday's home opener, puts its four-game winning streak on the line. Leake hopes the outing reinforces one of the reasons he chose the Cardinals in free agency -- the chance to pitch home games at pitcher-friendly Busch after years at cozy Great American Ball Park.
Beginning his seventh season, Leake, 28, is 64-53 with a 3.90 ERA. He has those numbers despite making 85 of his 173 career starts at hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park. In six career starts at Busch Stadium, Leake is 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA and a 0.898 WHIP.
"I was looking to find a place that I could call home," Leake said in December. "That was something that was important to my family. [The Cardinals] were willing to work with us, and we were willing to work with them."
Things to know about this game
• Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson will be making his first regular-season road start. His debut at Miller Park last week was a success, with Anderson holding the Astros scoreless over five innings on four hits and no walks, with five strikeouts. He'll aim to keep the Cardinals in the ballpark; in 14 2/3 Spring Training innings, Anderson allowed five home runs.
• The Cardinals are 40-18 against the Brewers over the past three-plus seasons.
• Cardinals rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker continues to solidify his spot in the lineup and will enter Wednesday riding a six-game hitting streak. Four of his first seven hits in the Majors have gone for extra bases.

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