Jake Peavy walks career-high seven in ugly start

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I expected Jake Peavy to be a disappointment this season because he was switching to the tougher league and moving from MLB’s most extreme pitcher-friendly ballpark to a power-boosting home, but now he’s apparently also forgotten how to throw strikes.
He had a career-high seven walks while allowing seven runs in 4.2 innings Thursday versus the Rays and now has a 7.66 ERA with a 15/15 K/BB ratio through four starts.
Assuming he’s not trying to pitch through some sort of arm injury Peavy should eventually get back on track, but expecting him to duplicate his excellent ERAs with the Padres has always been wishful thinking.
Coming into this season Peavy had a 3.67 ERA away from Petco Park, so between the league switch and ballpark change Rotoworld projected him for a 3.96 ERA this year. Right now even that is looking generous and Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times seems about ready to bury the White Sox after a 5-11 start.

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.