Peavy’s early struggles not a complete panic

Yikes. If Jake Peavy had of pitched this way in those three starts last September then maybe I’d be a little worried. Peavy was brought into Chicago bolstering their starting pitching depth and while it’s easy to say the real needed addition was a bat it’s the pitcher GM Kenny Williams really wanted.

Peavy is as accomplished as any big name pitcher in baseball and yet after tonight’s 5.2 innings, 8 hits, 7 runs, and three walks you have to start to wonder what is going wrong. Peavy gave up two homers tonight and uncharacteristically recorded 6 ground-outs to 7 flouts. And it’s not that things were that much better in his first outing of the year against Cleveland where he allowed 7 hits, 3 runs and a pair of walks to what is a questionable lineup.

Even with the two bad outings to start the season it’s probably too early to turn into a complete panic about the 28 year old right hander. After all he’s got a 95-68 career record and even if it was aided in part by Petco Park his 3.27 ERA and 1.18 WHIP show signs that this is a pretty good pitcher.

Peavy made 16 starts last season while missing time following an ankle injury in May. On July 31 he accepted a trade to the White Sox after rejecting a trade earlier in the year. He made three starts for the White Sox at the end of the year pitching 20 innings and compiling a 3-0 record, a 1.35 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP.

Obviously those numbers are impossible to keep up with even for a pitcher the caliber of Jake Peavy but they do suggest it’s not all a shift to the AL or away from Petco Park that has seen him struggle to start this season.

His next start of the year comes in Cleveland.

John Bman
John Bman
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