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Jake Peavy threw his 14th career complete game Saturday

May 26, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

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Yes, he was facing the worst team in the major leagues. But it was still an impressive outing.

Jake Peavy pitched all nine innings Saturday in Chicago’s 2-1 victory over the Marlins, fanning five batters and allowing only six hits in his second consecutive 117-pitch start. It was his 14th career complete game, and he nearly made it his seventh career shutout but Miami’s Derek Dietrich belted a solo home run with one out in the top of the ninth.

Peavy didn’t really test the free agent market this offseason because of his extensive injury history, opting instead to sign a two-year, $29 million contract with the White Sox at the end of October.

That’s looking like a team-friendly deal thus far given that Peavy boasts a 2.97 ERA and 1.04 WHIP through nine starts this season. He has racked up 63 strikeouts and issued only 15 walks in 60 2/3 innings.

The White Sox are 6-3 in games started by Peavy. They’re 17-21 in games started by anyone else.

  1. rbj1 - May 26, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Only 735 behind Cy Young. That’s the one record that will never even be challenged.

    • aceshigh11 - May 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Wow, that’s a bold statement, my friend. You’ve gotta be some sort of statistical visionary to have made that declaration.

      Well-done, Stephen Hawking.

      • Old Gator - May 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        I played chess with Stephen Hawking once.

        He beat me, but it took him almost twenty five minutes.

      • rbj1 - May 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Indeed I am. Cy Young (815), Nolan Ryan (773) and Don Sutton (756) are the only guys to have more than 749 starts.

      • aceshigh11 - May 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Sorry for the sarcasm.

        Pitching has changed so much since that period that of course those complete game records will never be challenged.

  2. aceshigh11 - May 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Just a general question…

    So inter-league play just…happens now? It seems like there’s no clear demarcation to the leagues anymore. I’ve seen NL and AL teams playing each other this season with no rhyme or reason.

    • Old Gator - May 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      You are correct. Another inspired innovation by Bud Light, whose synapses seem to be caking over with lipid deposits at the same rate that the storm drains in Chicago are crusting up with zebra mussels.

    • biasedhomer - May 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      It should not come to a surprise since the Astros moved to the AL, which makes it 15 teams in each division, which means there will be an AL-NL matchup at least once a week.

      • aceshigh11 - May 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        Ah, that is true. I just noticed that there’s no longer an effort to hype inter-league play, or to make it align a couple of times a year as they used to.

        Makes sense, though. Thanks.

  3. blacksables - May 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Tom Seaver and Steve Carlton used to have 14 complete games by the All-Star break.

    • royalsfaninfargo - May 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Amen. Pitchers are paid to pitch.

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