Chicago White Sox: Jake Peavy Looks To One-Up Chris Sale vs. Kansas City Royals
One of the main storylines from Chicago White Sox camp this spring was which Sox starter would get the Opening Day nod. As we all know now, manager Robin Ventura gave lefty Chris Sale the Opening Day start. Throwing 7.2 innings of shutout baseball in Monday’s opener, Sale definitely proved he was worthy of the Opening Day starter honor.
The other hurler who was in the White Sox Opening Day starter sweepstakes was veteran Jake Peavy. Although Peavy wasn’t selected by Ventura, there is still no doubt the right-hander is the leader of the South Siders’ staff.
2012 was really the first time Peavy was completely healthy in a White Sox uniform. Posting a 3.37 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP, the 31-year old finally showed fans why the Sox were so aggressive in trading for him back in 2009.
Heading into this season, Peavy has claimed he is feeling even better than last year, and his health is the best it’s been since coming to Chicago. Set to toe the rubber at 1:10 pm CT today, Peavy will get his first chance to prove this.
Opposing Peavy is right-hander Ervin Santana. Like James Shields, who pitched for the Royals on Monday, Santana was an offseason addition by Kansas City. With this being his first start in a Royals jersey, Santana figures to battle Peavy pitch for pitch on the south side this afternoon.