The Stat Line of the Night – 5/3/10 – Jake Peavy
Going into the 2010 baseball season, the White Sox felt confident that they had one of the best, if not the best, pitching rotations in the American League. Hell, it might have been the best in all baseball. The only problem is that their great starting pitchers haven’t been pitching well, and Jake Peavy is no exception. The former Cy Young winner has had a rocky start, but it looks like he might finally be settling down.
Last night the Sox hosted the Kansas City Royals. Peavy pitched 7 shutout innings on his way to an impressive victory. He notched 9 strikeouts relying primarily on a biting fastball. He actually had a no-hitter going into the 5th inning, when Kansas City’s Mitch Maier singled. He allowed only 4 hits total and only walked 1. The win was big for Peavy, whose ERA had ballooned in April due to a bunch of bad starts.
Peavy was picked up at the trade deadline last season and performed decently towards the end of the season coming of the disabled list. In April this year he had his first winless month in about 4 years. Most people feel that it is just an adjustment he is making to the American League after being the National League for many years. It looks like the adjustment has been made, however. Just ask the Royals. For now, it has earned him “The Stat Line of the Night.”