Saturday, May 12, 2012

RBI (82) A rebounding Cy Young winner...

One of the more interesting story lines in the 2012 season is the Chicago White Sox. With long time manager and team legend Ozzie Guillen finally departing from the franchise, rookie manager Robin Ventura was questioned as to if he could fill Ozzie's large shoes. One of the things he's done is steer the club to respectability and one key part is rebounding ace Jake Peavy.

Peavy was taken in the 15th round of the 1999 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres, but flew through the system to make his MLB debut in 2002. He built himself into the team ace and eventually climbed his way to the top of the National League. In 2007 he had a banner year in which he won the pitching Triple Crown and NL Cy Young award. Eventually he was traded to the Chicago White Sox by the Padres for the top of their farm system and then moved to the Red Sox

After being traded to the White Sox, injury woes tore into Peavy's successful career with arm difficulties. The 2010 season was difficult for him and as he was trying to bounce back, he suffered a freak injury, detaching a lat muscle. 2011 was much of the same and he bounced between being ineffective and injured. So far in 2012 it seems as if Peavy has turned the corner and is once again in Cy Young form with his top stuff.

As a 3-time All-Star and Cy Young winner, Peavy has so far started 257 Games and compiled a 113-82 record with 1598 Strikeouts. His record has been supported by a 3.42 ERA, remarkable considering his past few injury plagued seasons. He has tossed 1600 innings, but only 11 Complete Games but 6 of which were Shut Outs.
I was able to get Jake Peavy's autograph in person by accident at Angel Stadium. I hadn't realized that Peavy was coming back into action when the White Sox were in town to play the Angels. He had made the road trip intending to make his comeback start from his detached lat muscle despite not being officially listed off the disabled list. I got Peavy's signature on this ticket after watching him throw a good looking bullpen session during the series. I'm glad to see Peavy's back in form and tossing 0's again.

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