“Jake Peavy” and “durable” aren’t often found in the same sentence (unless used in the same context as this sentence), but “Jake Peavy” and “dominant” very much belong together. But when you think of Peavy’s dominant days, you’re probably conjuring up images of beautiful California nights, brilliant sunsets, and spacious PetCo Park. Your mind doesn’t wander to the Chicago skyline and the black and white duds the White Sox don every baseball evening. That is, until 2012.
Peavy returned to form in some sense of the phrase last season, but it wasn’t the same dominant Peavy we once grew fond of. Though his 3.37 ERA wasn’t quite the 2.50-2.80 mark he posted with the Padres, his 219 innings were the second-highest of his 11 year career. That might be the most encouraging sign of all.
In the last two years Peavy has accepted that he’s no longer the pitcher he used to be. His average fastball sits just under 91 mph instead of 92-93 like it did as recently as 2009, and he’s featuring hi