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.

Cubs acquire Jesse Chavez from Rangers

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The Cubs announced on Thursday evening that the club acquired pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Rangers in exchange for minor league pitcher Tyler Thomas.

Chavez, 34, has pitched out of the bullpen for the Rangers this season, compiling a 3.51 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 12 walks across 56 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander inked a one-year, $1 million deal with the Rangers in February, so the Cubs are on the hook for the prorated remainder — a little less than $600,000.

Thomas, 22, was selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2017 draft. The lefty has made 14 starts and one relief appearance for Single-A South Bend, putting up a 2.88 ERA with an 81/14 K/BB ratio in 75 innings.