Boston Red Sox: Familiar Territory Tonight for Jake Peavy

By Benjamin Riley
Jake Peavy
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Since being acquired at the trade deadline, Jake Peavy has shown glimpses of why the Boston Red Sox traded for the former Cy Young Award winner. Trading away popular shortstop Jose Iglesias, the Red Sox believed that Peavy gave them a chance to solidify the American League East.

In his first start for the Red Sox, Peavy left to a standing ovation at Fenway Park. Registering seven strikeouts over seven innings, Peavy allowed just two runs to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Since then, Peavy has been inconsistent. To Kansas City, Peavy allowed six runs over five innings, failing to record a single strike out. While more impressive in his next two starts against the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants, Peavy has yet to register more than six innings since his August 3rd start against the Diamondbacks.

With the rubber game on tap tonight between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, Peavy has the chance to shine for his new club. With the teams splitting the first two games of the series, Peavy can follow in the footsteps of John Lackey and Jon Lester, and give the Red Sox a much needed strong start. With the bullpen showing signs of inconsistencies outside of Koji Uehara, the Red Sox will be hoping for another convincing start from Peavy.

Pitching tonight in Los Angeles, Peavy will be in familiar territory. As a former two-time All-Star and Cy Young Award winner for the San Diego Padres, Peavy has enjoyed some of his best success at Dodger stadium. In 12 career starts, Peavy is 6-1 with a 3.08 ERA under the bright lights of Dodger Stadium.

Taking the mound tonight on Sunday Night Baseball, many Red Sox fans are hoping that Peavy continues that success and brings home a series win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Benjamin Riley is a Major League Baseball columnist for Follow Ben on Twitter and “Like” him on Facebook

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