Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How can Jake Peavy really be the Giants' second best pitcher?

Jake Peavy went 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in 20 starts with the Red Sox this year.  Even though he often struggled with run support, those numbers are bad no matter how you look at them.

Tonight Peavy will start Game 2 of the World Series for San Francisco.  And it's not as if that's just where the rotation happened to fall; the Giants had five days off to set their staff exactly how they wanted to.  Peavy is the No. 2 guy for a World Series team, and given what we saw from him in Boston this year that is almost impossible to believe.

However, his performance in San Fran does justify his position: In 12 starts Peavy went 6-4 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Obviously switching to the no-DH National League is always good for pitchers, but a run-and-a-half drop in ERA and a 27% decrease in WHIP is just ridiculous.

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