Re: S Drew benched...
posted at 8/23/2014 2:01 PM EDT
The only way trading Iggy for Peavy can be considered to be a “good move” is if it’s looked at through the eye of the Sox winning the WS and believing that since that happened everything that happened that year MUST have been right.
Lest we get all tangled up in the nostalgia of Jake Peavy, here’s what he brought to the team:
Peavy went 4-1 in 10 starts with an ERA of just over 4.00. That looks respectable until one realizes that two of those wins came against two of the worst teams in the NL, Colorado and San Francisco. The Sox won their division by 5 ½ games, which means they’d have won the division if my grandmother had pitched in place of Peavy in those wins.
In the post season he had ONE good start, going 5.2 innings against Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the ALDS and giving up one run. That’s if you consider 5.2 innings to be a ‘good start’, and for the sake of argument I’ll willing to go along with that.
He went 3 innings in the ALCS and gave up seven runs (ERA of 21.00) and in the WS he went four innings and gave up two runs in four innings (ERA 4.50)
Even through all of that I liked what Peavy brought in terms of his attitude and grit, and I wouldn’t have minded having him, but we gave up too much to get him, which prevents it from being called a “good trade”. This has the potential to be there with the Jeff Bagwell for Larry Anderson trade, the difference is that since the Sox won the WS in 2013 this horrible trade will be justified by some.
Any owners who sign previously suspended PED abusers to a big $$ contract are as guilty of perpetuating the PED problem as are the players.
And I have never posted here under any other names.