When Jake Peavy was pulled from the ALDS game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, the score was 1 – 0 Rays. Even considering that fact, the Red Sox did themselves right by trading for Peavy because he did the job that the Red Sox traded for him to be able to do. Win or lose after that point there is no way anyone could have complained. I think Peavy not only showed that he was ready to do the job he was brought in to do but also that he rather enjoyed doing that job.
The fire we could see in the eyes of Peavy is something that just wasn’t there when he was pitching for the Chicago White Sox. It is hard to watch the way he was tonight and then look at the way he walked to and from the mound with the hapless and sometimes winless White Sox. Nothing against them of course but their season was terrible at that point and Peavy deserved a shot and something special.
Thanks to the trade that brought him to Boston, he did just that. Someone once said that wins and losses should not be considered when measuring how well a starting pitcher does their job. That is certainly true when it comes to Peavy’s performance in the critical game four against the Rays. He minimized damage and only gave up one run while pitching into the sixth inning. The Red Sox at that point had every chance they could have asked for to win the game.