I would like to start this off by stating that as the trade was taking place I was and am slightly still not a fan of it. In the long run I suppose the acquisition of Jake Peavy into our starting rotation is a good thing especially with Buchholz still being on the DL.
Jake Peavy has come to the Red Sox from the White Sox in a seven player, three team trade which saw Jose Iglesias go to the Detroit Tigers. I understand the trade and its necessity but I was a huge Iglesias supporter.
With that said let us welcome Jake Peavy to the Red Sox as he takes the mound tonight at Fenway against the Diamondbacks.
The former Cy Young winner is not what he was in years past. Coming into tonight’s game Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA and a career ERA of 4.66 against Arizona in 29 starts. Since his Cy Young year Peavy has struggled to stay healthy only pitching over 150 innings twice.
He comes to the Red Sox to be essentially the number 3 or 4 starter in the rotation, even though Workman could argue that he has earned a spot with 3 or fewer runs earned in his 3 starts this year, but he is likely going to make the move to the bullpen, for now.
With the struggles of Lester this season, 10-6 record and 4.52 ERA and opponents hitting a .265 against him, he is no longer the ace. This was magnified Friday night as he was pulled from the game after only 4 and 1/3 innings. With the lingering injury to Buchholz, Lackey has quietly stepped into that role, posting a 3.23 ERA and Dempster and Doubront putting up 4.58 and 3.77 respectively.
Peavy does not have a lot of pressure coming over to the Red Sox but as a fan we all want him to succeed and at least be half the man he was a few years ago.
Jose Iglesias, wearing number 1, went 1-3 with an RBI in a 2-1 win for his new team on Friday night so if this trade is to be justified, by my standards anyways, Peavy needs to earn the win in his first game in Red Sox uniform.
The full value of the trade is yet to be determined but a win in his debut start would make me feel a bit better about losing who I dubbed our shortstop of the future.