Jake Peavy was one of the two available starting pitchers for opening day for the Chicago White Sox. Either he or Chris Sale was to be the one labeled ace for that start but the other was understood to be just as important to the team. Peavy was the odd man out when the extremely bad White Sox team began selling off good players at the trade deadline. Since that time it is interesting to note that the White Sox are playing quite well. As a matter of fact the current pitching staff is each pitching every bit as well as Peavy is for the Boston Red Sox.
Hector Santiago has given up only 10 runs in the month of August which actually out performs Peavy’s 12 runs during the month. Andre Rienzo and Jose Quintana both have given up only 14 runs for the month while John Danks is comfortable right at 12 runs given up as well. The only pitcher to give up more for the month was actually Sale who has given up 19 but 8 of those came in one bad start.
Front to back this staff is proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are just fine without Peavy. I don’t know that anyone really thought about the White Sox missing Peavy because the team was doing so badly at the time. It seems doubtful that anyone could have imagined they would fare every bit as good if not better, as an entire staff since the trade. The team has followed suit and is playing better than they have played all season long as well. Going into 2014, the White Sox are definitely the most promising of all of the last or near last place teams.