Jake Peavy dominated in his much-anticipated Boston Red Sox debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park. The former Cy Young Award winner was masterful on Saturday night, surrendering just two runs (one inherited) on four hits, while striking out seven in seven-plus innings of work.
The Red Sox acquired the ardent right-hander four days ago on the MLB trade deadline day from the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal that sent popular rookie infielder Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers.
Peavy’s aggressiveness and fiery nature was on display in his initial start, pumping his fist after recording key strikeouts and passionately screaming after retiring the side in the seventh inning.
It was an efficient start for Peavy, tossing just 99 pitches (65 strikes) as the right-hander pitched into the eighth inning after allowing a lead-off single to Wil Nieves. The Red Sox faithful gave Peavy a well-deserved ovation as he exited the game, and the competitive natured right-hander promptly tipped his cap.
It was well documented that the Red Sox had immense interest in Peavy, before eventually trading for the right-hander less than a week ago. But there was apprehension and some gripe from Red Sox Nation after hearing that Iglesias would be shipped out as part of the three-team deal. Peavy has not been able to stay healthy the past couple seasons, creating some legitimate concerns if the deal would be worth giving up a young player in Iglesias, the potential rookie of the year in the American League.
Peavy was able to make his presence felt, though, in his opening game with the Red Sox. He appears fully healthy and showed signs of his Cy Young form that enticed the Red Sox to trade for the right-hander.
The Red Sox appear primed to make their first playoff appearance since 2009. With the trade of Peavy, the Red Sox are not just playoff contenders but rather World Series contenders. Peavy demonstrated on Saturday night his ability to dominate an opposing offense and why he could be the player who puts the Red Sox over the top in their pursuit of a World Series title.
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