White Sox starter Jake Peavy was scratched from a start on Thursday after complaining of discomfort in his throwing arm. He was later revealed to have inflammation and fluid in his shoulder, but the White Sox decided to let him pitch on Saturday anyway. Recipe for disaster, right?
Peavy held the Nationals to three singles and struck out seven batters on Saturday afternoon to earn his first complete-game shutout victory since August of 2005, when he was a starter for the Padres. The right-hander has allowed only four earned runs in his last 23 innings on the mound and he has racked up 15 strikeouts in that span. After a rough start to the season, he’s now 6-5 with a rapidly-falling 5.07 ERA and a respectable 1.26 WHIP.
Of course, Peavy isn’t the only member of the White Sox getting things right these days. The club has won a season-high five straight games and trails the AL Central-leading Twins by 5.5 games. It’s getting sunny on Chicago’s south side.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.