For as bad as they have played this season, the Red Sox woke up on Monday just six games back in the AL East with 80 games to play in the regular season, a very manageable deficit for how poor the division has been as a whole.
The Sox played 13 of their next 16 games at Fenway Park, so this is the time that they need to make a move. And it starts this week as they play host to the 34-46 Chicago Cubs.
Jake Peavy has struggled mightily in the month of June, but he’ll get a chance to redeem himself on Monday. He’s hoping to improve upon his 1-6 record with a 4.93 ERA in 16 starts when the Sox take on the Cubs. He got shelled in his last outing, allowing seven runs on eight hits over five innings with a pair of walks and three Ks to the Mariners on June 24.
Peavy has faced the Cubs as a starter 14 times in his career, holding a 7-4 record with a 2.76 ERA. He last saw the Cubs in May 2013 as a member of the White Sox, giving up six runs in four innings of work.
Only two Cubs hitters have seen Peavy more than a few times: Luis Valbuena and Starlin Castro. Valbuena is 6-for-13 with two walks against Peavy, while Castro is 4-for-15 while also walking once.
Former Oriole Jake Arrieta gets the ball for the Cubs on Monday, sitting at 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 2014. He pitched will in his last start, going seven full innings against the Reds on June 24, allowing two runs on just three hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.
Arrieta has pitched against the Red Sox six times in his career, going 0-3 with as 5.90 ERA. Dustin Pedroia has the most experience against Arrieta, hitting .308 in 13 career at bats. Daniel Nava (3-for-6), David Ortiz (2-for-7), and Mike Napoli (2-for-6) also have multiple hits in their careers off of Arrieta.