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.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.