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Jake Peavy walks career-high seven in ugly start

Apr 23, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

I expected Jake Peavy to be a disappointment this season because he was switching to the tougher league and moving from MLB’s most extreme pitcher-friendly ballpark to a power-boosting home, but now he’s apparently also forgotten how to throw strikes.
He had a career-high seven walks while allowing seven runs in 4.2 innings Thursday versus the Rays and now has a 7.66 ERA with a 15/15 K/BB ratio through four starts.
Assuming he’s not trying to pitch through some sort of arm injury Peavy should eventually get back on track, but expecting him to duplicate his excellent ERAs with the Padres has always been wishful thinking.
Coming into this season Peavy had a 3.67 ERA away from Petco Park, so between the league switch and ballpark change Rotoworld projected him for a 3.96 ERA this year. Right now even that is looking generous and Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times seems about ready to bury the White Sox after a 5-11 start.

  1. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    The Cubs and White Sox are both lost causes for this season. The only way to settle this a drunken fight in the bleachers in June.

  2. Joey B - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    The difference between the leagues now seems incredible. Peavy getting rocked and Silva looking like an AS.

  3. Drakos - Apr 23, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Peavy pitched 20 innings in the AL with a 1.35 ERA (2.85 FIP) last year and has pitched 22 innings in AL with 7.66 ERA (5.86 FIP) this year. Are you really going to use that as proof that there is a huge difference between the leagues? And is the AL just so scary that Peavy can no longer throw strikes?

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