The Chicago Sun Times last night reported that Jake Peavy had indicated that he and Jon Lester have their eyes on going to the Chicago Cubs as a package deal this winter. Peavy, who pitched for the White Sox before coming to the Red Sox and ending up with the San Francisco Giants, supposedly loved his time in Chicago and would like to go back. Peavy, reportedly, also speculated that Manager Joe Maddon, who recently left the Tampa Bay Rays, may also be coming to the Cubs. Of course, there was no indication that either Lester or Maddon had shown any interest.
This speculation from Peavy, coming on the day before he is scheduled to pitch Game 6 of the World Series for the Giants, does not exactly boost your confidence that he will have a great game tonight and win the World Series. Oh, and by the way, it was also reported, by his son, no less, that he already plans to buy a cable car to go with the Duck Boat he bought in Boston last year, if the Giants win the series. In an interview on ABC, Peavy’s fifth grade son told the media that they had ‘ already picked out a cable car .’
After going 1-9 this year with the Red Sox before being traded to the Giants, Peavy won 6 and lost 4 with the Giants with a 2.17 ERA. In the NLDS, he started and got the win in Game 1 against the Washington Nationals. He went 5 2/3 innings in that game, giving up only 2 hits and no runs as the Giants won 3-2.
In his next two post season starts, he was not as impressive. Against the Cardinals, in Game 2 of the NLCS, he lasted just four innings, giving up two runs as the Giants lost, 5-4. In Game 2 of the World Series, he went 5 innings and was tied 2-2 going to the sixth when he gave up a lead off single to Lorenzo Cain and walked Eric Hosmer before being lifted.
In three post season starts, he has pitched only 14 2/3 innings, given up six earned runs and his team has lost two of the three games. He has struck out only 6 batters while walking 8.
After giving up 2 runs on 2 hits in only 1/3 of an inning in relief, including a home run to Brandon Moss, in the Wild Card Game, his opponent tonight, Yardano Ventura, has had three starts in the post season. The Royals have won all three of his starts but he has no decisions. In Game 2 of the NLDS, he held the California Angels to 1 run on 5 hits, 2 of them homers by Chris Iannetta and David Freese, for 7 innings while his team went on to win in 12 innings, 4-1.
He started Game 2 of the NLCS against the Baltimore Orioles and lasted just 5 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, including a homer to Adam Jones, while the Royals won 6-4. He also started Game 2 of the World Series, giving up a leadoff homer to Gregor Blanco, pitching 5 1/3 innings and giving up just 1 more run in a game the Royals won 7-2.
In his 18 1/3 innings of pitching in post season, the Royals hard throwing right hander has given up 5 homers and nine total runs. Facing a team like the Giants, whose bats have been hot for the past couple of games, could be trouble for Ventura. The Royals will have an advantage they didn’t have in the National League Park with designated hitter Bill Butler back in the lineup at Kaufman Field.
This could be a slug fest but look for Kansas City to come out on top at the end and send the series to a seventh game.