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Jake Peavy is humming along nicely

Apr 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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In the two and a half seasons after being acquired in a blockbuster trade at the July 2009 deadline, Jake Peavy registered a 4.49 ERA in 238 2/3 innings with the White Sox, with ineffectiveness, injury and rust conspiring to deprive Chicago of the ace they thought they were getting.

Well, they have him now:  Peavy pitched a three-hitter against the A’s last night. That’s a nice progression for him, as in his first three starts he allowed three, then two, then one run.  If he keeps this up … NEGATIVE ERA!

OK, maybe not.  And it is worth nothing that while each of his starts has been progressively better, each of his opponents have had progressively worst offenses: Texas, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland.

But still, this has to be encouraging as all get-out for Chicago.

  1. Lukehart80 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Last night was Peavy’s 3rd shutout as a member of the White Sox. I was shocked to learn that matches his shutout total as a Padre: http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/V2PEm

    I figured he would’ve had more, being so good for many years in such a pitcher’s park. Perhaps my expectations were skewed by having been at Petco for one of those shutouts, when he out-dueled Roger Clemens in a game that lasted all of 1:53.

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Even at Petco it’s never easy to pitch a shutout. It’s very nice to see Peavy begin to turn things around, I hope he dazzles.

      • Lukehart80 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        Agreed (and both the difficulty of the shutout and the well wishes for Peavy).

        That game I saw ended so quickly that as I drove home (Hollywood, at the time) and went by Dodger Stadium, the game there was only just ending.

    • micker716 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Some good info here:

      http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/23411/clearing-the-bases-jake-peavy-is-good

      Peavy had only thrown 9 complete games in his career until last night, none in his Cy Young season (2007).

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    If he’s back to form, this is a renaissance a lot of folks can enjoy. Keep it up, Jake!

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