Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Can Ex-Sox Peavy Bring It Home For Giants?

(AP Photo)
Jake Peavy has a chance tonight to earn back-to-back World Series rings. The former Red Sox starter takes to the hill tonight in Kansas City with his new team one win away from glory. But, Peavy's track record in the post season is—at best—spotty. While he pitched very well for Boston in his 2013 ALDS start against Tampa (5.2 IP, 1 ER), he faltered in his subsequent post-season starts for The Carmine Hose (3 IP, 7 ER; 4 IP, 2 ER). This year—once again—he pitched great in the Division Series (5.2 IP, 0 ER against the Nationals), then slipped back into his old pattern (4 IP, 2 ER; 5 IP, 4 ER). In fact, over his entire post-season career—encompassing eight starts—he has never made it to the seventh inning. Granted, that's less important on post-season teams (like San Francisco) with solid bullpens—but that track record has got to be troubling for Bruce Bochy. Honestly, it looks like Game Six will go to the Royals and (as we predicted) the Giants will prevail in seven.