Jake Peavy: 4.72 ERA for the Red Sox, 2.16 ERA for the Giants


When the Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox in late July expectations were minimal.

After all, he was a 33-year-old impending free agent whose raw stuff and results had both declined to the point that he posted a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts for the Red Sox this season and a 4.48 ERA in 30 starts for the Red Sox since they acquired him in the middle of last year.

So naturally Peavy has been great in San Francisco with a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts. That includes 7.2 innings of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks last night for Peavy’s seventh consecutive start allowing two runs or fewer. By comparison, he allowed two runs or fewer in three of his final 14 starts for the Red Sox.

What’s changed? Peavy’s strikeout rate is actually down slightly since the trade, but he’s sliced his walk rate from 3.3 to 1.8 per nine innings and most importantly the league/ballpark switch has helped the fly-ball pitcher stop serving up homers. He allowed 20 homers in 124 innings for the Red Sox compared to just two homers in 67 innings for the Giants.

And now he’s a month away from hitting the open market in search of what will surely be a much larger contract than it would have been before the trade.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.