Tuesday, September 16, 2014

6-1, 1.13 ERA

That's Jake Peavy's record over his last seven starts.

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle makes the point that he's now the No. 2 starter on the staff of a team that's heading for the postseason (as long as there aren't any more losing streaks longer than one game!)

Here's the first half of the game story. Boldface is mine. 

 
PHOENIX — Buster Posey was just commenting on how Jake Peavy always tries to think one step ahead when Peavy revealed he already is contemplating the series opener in Los Angeles on Monday night, which he will start.
“I'm not going to lie to you,” Peavy said. “I was just in the shower thinking about Dee Gordon. Isn't that crazy? I was in the shower thinking about how I'm going to get Dee Gordon out.”
Is that any crazier than the numbers Peavy has been posting? He is 6-1 with a 1.13 ERA in his past seven starts, including a 2-1 victory against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night that moved the Giants three games behind the Dodgers for first place in the National League West.
“Tonight was big,” Peavy said. “We had to have it the way we lost he last three. I feel very blessed to feel healthy and be a contributing factor for a team fighting for our lives every day.”
Peavy is contributing more than the Giants could have hoped when they acquired him from the Red Sox for two waning pitching prospects, Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.
Peavy gave Boston the same lift after a midseason trade with the White Sox last year and said, “I do have experience being thrust into that situation.”
If Madison Bumgarner is the clear No. 1 — he goes for his 19th win in the series finale Wednesday — Peavy is the equally clear No. 2, which will be reflected in any postseason rotation.
On Tuesday, Peavy made Buster Posey's 21st homer and a Brandon Crawford sacrifice fly stand for the Giants' 83rd win. He allowed one run in 72/3 innings, matching his longest start with San Francisco.

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