The Arizona Diamondbacks have been one of the most surprising teams in MLB this season. They’ve played so well, in fact, that they currently sit just 1/2 game back of the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West.
With that said, starting pitching should be Arizona’s focus as Tuesday’s trade deadline approaches, as their starters have a combined ERA of 3.93, which is the sixth-highest mark in the NL.
Given the struggles of No. 1 starter Ian Kennedy and the fact that No. 2 starter Wade Miley is also under .500 despite a respectable 3.86 ERA, the Diamondbacks could use another veteran hurler who knows what it’s like to pitch in the postseason. Between Kennedy and Miley and their other three starters — Patrick Corbin, Randall Delgado and Tyler Skaggs — the Diamondbacks’ rotation has a combined two postseason starts (both by Kennedy).
Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy could be their answer.
Although the 32-year-old right-hander has dealt with his share of injuries throughout his career, he certainly has more big-game experience than anybody else Arizona could throw out there. Plus, he knows the NL West fairly well, having pitched for the San Diego Padres from 2002-09.
Peavy’s 4.28 ERA isn’t great, but his 8-4 record is pretty solid, and given that he has made an abbreviated amount of starts this season due to a left rib fracture — he just returned on July 20 — those numbers are even more impressive. In addition, that fact makes it even more likely that he could return to his usual self over the season’s final two months.
Even if he doesn’t, the Diamondbacks need to do all they can to make this move and give themselves the best possible chance to come out on top in a very winnable division.