When the Boston Red Sox traded for Jake Peavy last season, many wondered what kind of pitcher Boston would be getting. Was Peavy going to be the guy who won the NL Cy Young with the San Diego Padres, or the pitcher who looked average at times for the Chicago White Sox? Well, after another impressive outing on the mound in Spring Training today, Peavy looks destined for a big year with the Red Sox.
Against the Minnesota Twins, the right-hander pitched five innings, giving up three hits, one earned run, one walk and striking out three batters to build upon a great spring. Peavy’s ERA now sits at a remarkable 2.13 after his great outing today, which is a positive sign for the Red Sox going forward. The once-dominant pitcher saw his ERA reach as high as 4.92 a few seasons ago and if he can get back to his old ways, Boston fans have to be excited. When Peavy has all of his pitches working like he’s showed this spring, he provides the Red Sox staff with another lethal arm.
The starting rotation for Boston is already one of the best in the league, and with Peavy rounding back into form, it could be even more deadly. With Jon Lester as the ace, John Lackey in the second spot and Clay Buchholz as the third starter, the addition of the right-hander in the fourth spot makes their starting rotation scary.
Peavy could be the ace on a number of teams in MLB this year, and the fact that he’s only the fourth starter for the Red Sox means this team could be poised for another World Series title in 2014.