Thursday, September 11, 2014

Peavy Power

What's not to like? What a turnaround this guy has made since being traded from Boston, per John Shea in the SF Chron -- 

The Giants are in the position they’re in — two games behind the first-place Dodgers — in large part because of Peavy, who’s 5-1 with a 1.12 ERA in his past six starts. In that stretch, the Giants are 18-8.
Peavy’s impact hasn’t gone unnoticed by teammates.
“He brings a lot of intensity, he brings a lot of energy, he brings a lot of veteran leadership, he brings a lot of guts,” Hunter Pence said. “He’s been a big charge to this run we’ve made. That energy is exciting to be around. It’s a different dugout when he’s in it.”
Said Buster Posey, “He’s a vocal guy. We don’t have a ton of vocal guys on the team. When he gets to saying things, people will listen.”
Sometimes the wrong people. On Aug. 24, both Peavy and fellow starter Tim Hudson, neither of whom pitched that day, were ejected by third-base umpire Paul Emmel, who tossed Hudson for arguing that the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg wasn't coming to a proper stop from the stretch.
Emmel tossed Peavy for supporting Hudson.
“Sometimes that’s part of being a good teammate, trying to keep umpires accountable,” Peavy said. “But you try to stay in the game.”
Peavy struck out eight batters Thursday, five in the first two innings, and walked none. He gave up six hits and one run, coming in the sixth on Cliff Pennington’s triple and Mark Trumbo’s double.

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