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Jake Peavy Better Than Advertised in First Four Starts with Red Sox

Jake Peavy (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Jake Peavy may not be an ace in the Boston Red Sox rotation, but he has been a  proven commodity as a starting pitcher since the trade from the Chicago White Sox back on July 30.

In four starts with the Red Sox, the 32-year-old has a 4.18 ERA and a 1-1 record, but really only has one bad start. That came back on August 9 against the Kansas City Royals when  he allowed six earned runs in five innings of work. He struck out no one in the outing and allowed two home runs and walked one.

In his other three starts combined, Peavy has allowed five total runs in 18.2 innings of work with 15 strikeouts. The 2.41 ERA bodes well for the former Cy Young award winner as the playoff stretch is coming up for the Red Sox to try and win the AL East over the rival Tampa Bay Rays.

Peavy also brings his toughness and energy to the table on a nightly basis, and that has clearly helped the Red Sox odds in Las Vegas. In his first start with the Red Sox, he missed location with a fastball. He was trying to throw inside to a batter and it went outside and he got frustrated with himself. He was yelling up a storm with a few choice words thrown in and that type of emotion is what the Red Sox have seen in the likes of John Lackey and Jon Lester the last couple of seasons before this year.

John Farrell may not trust him to go an entire nine innings with his injury history, but he should be able to rely on him to go more than 5.2 innings against the San Francisco Giants like he did on Tuesday. He took the pitcher out too early and cost the Red Sox a sweep by using pitchers like Franklin Morales and Brayan Villarreal, who was also acquired in the Peavy deal. Villarreal walked in a run with two outs in the ninth inning on Tuesday to give the Giants the win.

The 32-year-old right-handed starter was infuriated when Farrell came to the mound. He said the phrase. “Are you kidding me?!” with a swear in the mix. Farrell needs to be able to trust Peavy to get the job done, especially since he was only at 92 pitches.

Brandon Workman would have been the other starter in the mix if the deal for Peavy didn’t happen. He was a decent fill-in for the fifth spot, but the Red Sox needed another solid starter and Peavy fits that role. His emotion and energy he puts on the line each start will help against AL East foes and will make him a viable option going forward into the postseason.

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