Cincinnati Reds Role Reversals: Mike Leake Gets a Win, Aroldis Chapman Arrested

Jordan BallCorrespondent IMay 22, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 05:  Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds prepares to throw a pitch during the game against the Miami Marlins on Opening Day at Great American Ball Park on April 5, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Monday night was an interesting one for the Cincinnati Reds to say the least. 

It all started with their game against against the visiting Atlanta Braves. Starting pitcher Mike Leake toed the rubber for the home team, hoping to right the shipwreck of a start he's had to the year. 

Going into the game, his record was 0-5 with a 6.21 ERA, not exactly what one would define as good. On this night, however, Leake returned to last season's form by dominating the Braves for eight innings. 

The 24-year-old allowed only one run on three hits, and added six strikeouts throughout the game. That brought his sky-high ERA a little closer to earth at 5.32, and was good enough to earn him his first win of the season. 

To help things out, he also hit his first career home run—a solo shot in the fourth. 

In an interesting turn of events, relief pitcher Jose Arredondo came in for the save. Not the new closer Aroldis Chapman or the old closer, Sean Marshall, but Arredondo, who picked up his first career save on Saturday when Marshall couldn't shut the door. 

After recording the first two outs of the inning rather easily, Arredondo proceeded to walk the next two batters. Manager Dusty Baker had been down this road too many times this season, and decided to bring in Marshall to redeem himself. The first instance of role reversals. 

Marshall made it tough on himself by throwing a first pitch wild pitch, but then settled down and got Jason Heyward to fly out to end the game. 

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 10:  Mike Leake #44 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch during the game against the St Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on April 10, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

As interesting as that role reversal was, at least it worked out in the team's favor.

After the game, relief pitcher/closer/starter-in-training, Chapman was pulled over and arrested for speeding with a suspended license, according to The Associated Press (h/t Fox Sports). He was taken in and released on bond and, providing he shows up for court, should be fine from here on out. 

How's this a role reversal you ask?

Well, Chapman has been absolutely lights out this year. In his 22.1 IP, he has an outstanding 0.00 ERA and 39 strikeouts. He also has a three wins, which is more than four of the five starters, and zero losses.

When you compare that to Mike Leake's stats (shown above), it is considerably better. Leake, like Chapman, was also arrested towards the beginning of last season. 

On the same night that Chapman springs a "Leake," Leake throws a gem. 

Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.

Whatever the case, the Reds night was very entertaining, both on and off the field. 


*Stats are from