Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/31/13
Mlb-white-sox-royals-jun
BOSTON – Juan Nieves is ready for another reunion. Nieves, who served as the White Sox’ bullpen coach for five seasons before joining the Red Sox’ coaching staff this past offseason, was already reunited with reliever Matt Thornton. Now, he’ll be reunited with starter Jake Peavy, who the Red Sox acquired from the White Sox on Tuesday. Nieves is looking forward to the opportunity. “He’s been around for a while. I remember him even when he was in the minor leagues in San Diego,” Nieves said Wednesday. “He brings the whole package to us and I’m really looking forward for the fans here in Boston to watch him pitch.” Both Nieves and Red Sox manager John Farrell talked at length Wednesday about Peavy’s competitiveness, which is considered one of the right-hander’s strengths. Whether it’s Peavy’s preparation or his demeanor on the mound, he consistently shows the make-up of a pitcher who’s willing to battle every fifth day regardless of the circumstances. “He’ll be the ultimate warrior. He competes every pitch, gives everything he has and leaves it on the field. [He’s] a good teammate who will fit in really well here,” Nieves said. “[I’m] really looking forward to watching him compete again and be part of the grind here.” One of Peavy’s most redeeming qualities is his ability to attack the strike zone. The 32-year-old rarely beats himself with walks, and he still possesses the ability to punch hitters out. Peavy’s 4.47 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks sixth in the American League among starters with at least 80 innings pitched. “His command is impeccable. He doesn’t walk anybody,” Nieves said. “He keeps the ball inside the ballpark. He commands four or five pitches. He’s been very solid and, like I said before, I think his biggest strength is his demeanor, his competitiveness and his ability to win every game and stay as long as possible. [He] actually [wants] to outlast the opponent. He wants to pitch longer than the other guys do, and if the other guy happens to be a short outing, he wants to be there the whole game, so it’s wonderful to see.” Peavy has good stuff, even if he’s not quite the same pitcher who won the NL Cy Young back in 2007. But according to Nieves, it’s Peavy’s smarts and game management that separate him from his peers. “Very savvy. Actually, he’s in that group with El Duque (Orlando Hernandez), guys like that that have a doctorate’s degree in pitching, because these guys really know; they can read swings, they can read hitters actually swinging at first pitches, [and understand] the situation,” Nieves said. “He’s very good. He knows when to attack the hitter [and] when to retreat. And of course here there’s a little bit of a different mind frame when you pitch at Fenway, but he fits right into what we believe — working fast, throwing strikes and attacking strike zone.” Peavy has been solid for the White Sox in 13 starts this season, but the best might be forthcoming. He’s healthy, pitching in the midst of a pennant race and joining a coach who he enjoyed success under as recently as last season. Have a question for Ricky Doyle? Send it to him via Twitter at @TheRickyDoyle or send it here. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Ricky Doyle, Top Stories

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Chiefs making ‘strong push’ to make Eric Berry highest-paid safety in NFL

Dana White hints at Conor McGregor's next opponent

Report: Steelers make Brown NFL's highest-paid WR

Report: Chiefs sign Duvernay-Tardif to five-year extension

MLB considering introducing 'stickier' baseballs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Browns have discussed trading No. 12 pick for Garoppolo

Report: Lowry expected to miss 4-5 weeks, return for playoffs

Report: Cowboys to release Romo in coming weeks

Report: Jennings expected to sign with Hornets

Did Hield reveal Kings tampered with him before trade?

Nicklaus says Tiger's current situation is a 'puzzle to me'

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season since 2000

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker