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Forget Wheaties: Jake Peavy is looking for Lucky Charms

Aug 14, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy has taken three complete-game losses on his way to going 9-8 with a 3.04 ERA this year. The only other pitcher in either league with more than one is Justin Verlander, and he has two. CSNChicago’s Chuck Garfien has the full rundown on Peavy’s string of bad luck this year, and it’s worth a read.

With maybe nine starts left, this has a chance to go down as Peavy’s best season, according to Baseball-Reference’s WAR anyway. Peavy went 19-6 with a 2.54 ERA and 240 strikeouts on his way to winning the Cy Young Award for the Padres in 2007,  but he’s in a more hostile environment in the American League and U.S. Cellular Park now.  bWAR has him at 4.6 wins for 2012, just behind his 2004 total of 4.7 for the second-best season of his career. His 2007 season came in at 5.9 wins.

  1. cur68 - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    He was real good against the Beav last night, true. BUT Carlos Villaneuva and the Beaver Pen was better. That’s why he lost, see. Had nothing to do with luck and more to do with some Maddux-like pitching from Car-Ville and with Steve Delabar’s wipe-out splitter (looked like a slider to me, but the Announcing Dream Team of Martinez/Asby claimed splitter: even if that ball was breaking into the leftys and away from the righties, who am I to gainsay such baseball chops? ). Gettin’ to like this guy, Delabar. Of course he’s more machine now than man. Can throw a mean splitter (slider) though.

    • El Bravo - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      I wish I was in a beaver pen.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        Go north young man! Go north!

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        Speaking of beaver pens, a young “lady” I know just told me of her recent night out with the girls at a bar in Montreal that featured male table dancers. She said that the place was packed full of women. El Bravo would probably have been affected by the number of excited “ladies” and beavers.

      • El Bravo - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        Affected and infected.

      • cur68 - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Perhaps some more salt peter in your diet, Bravo, would lead you away from temptation and the need for penicillin?

      • ptfu - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        Saltpeter? The stuff in fertilizers and gunpowder? Did I miss something?

      • cur68 - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:25 AM

        Legend has it that saltpeter will curb an overactive libido. No idea if this is true or not, but it probably can’t hurt to try and calm our friend Bravo down a tad before something terrible happens to the man and his bits fall clean off.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      Villanueva was better than Peavy last night. Peavy was lucky not to get the loss and Villanueva was unlucky not to get the win.

      Now that Peavy has shown that he is healthy and can still pitch, I expect that Kenny Williams will try to trade him in the off season.

  2. thatyankeedude - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    The guy is having a rough luck year he has had a quality start I think every time he has been handed the ball. Maybe he will find some luck gong into the playoffs.

  3. ptfu - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    This is the Peavy the White Sox thought they were trading for. He’s always been good when healthy. Emphasis on “when healthy.”

  4. gmsingh - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Peavy doesn’t exactly have a lock on being a hard luck pitcher.

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