Yes, he was facing the worst team in the major leagues. But it was still an impressive outing.
Jake Peavy pitched all nine innings Saturday in Chicago’s 2-1 victory over the Marlins, fanning five batters and allowing only six hits in his second consecutive 117-pitch start. It was his 14th career complete game, and he nearly made it his seventh career shutout but Miami’s Derek Dietrich belted a solo home run with one out in the top of the ninth.
Peavy didn’t really test the free agent market this offseason because of his extensive injury history, opting instead to sign a two-year, $29 million contract with the White Sox at the end of October.
That’s looking like a team-friendly deal thus far given that Peavy boasts a 2.97 ERA and 1.04 WHIP through nine starts this season. He has racked up 63 strikeouts and issued only 15 walks in 60 2/3 innings.
The White Sox are 6-3 in games started by Peavy. They’re 17-21 in games started by anyone else.
The Astros’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel on Monday against the Tigers. Keuchel is temporarily sidelined with a pinched nerve in his neck.
Brad Peacock made the spot start, limiting the Tigers to one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Chris Devenski took over with one out in the fifth, finishing out that inning as well as the sixth and seventh, facing the minimum. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth and Ken Giles closed out the 1-0 victory in the ninth. Devenski, Harris, and Giles each had two strikeouts.
The Astros scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning as George Springer drew a leadoff walk, then scored on Jose Altuve‘s one-out double. Tigers starter Brad Fulmer pitched well enough to win on most days, giving up the lone run in seven frames.
After Monday’s win, the Astros became the first team to reach 30 wins, sitting on a 30-15 record. With a +55 run differential, even their expected record matches up with their actual record.
Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.
Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.