When the San Francisco Giants first traded for Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox prior to the deadline, I was skeptical, to say the least. My negativity and skepticism stemmed from the fact I didn’t believe the trade alone was enough to have any impact on our franchise. I was wrong. Our offense has somehow found its form putting on a show of late, and Peavy has been amazing.
My main fear was: Why throw away the future, when we aren’t really helping the present? As aforementioned, I didn’t believe the Peavy trade alone was enough to help the Giants. We gave away Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar who had long been thought to fill the voids likely to left by Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong at the end of the season. Again, I was wrong.
Flash forward to today, the Peavy trade may be the reason we are currently in red hot form and chasing down the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. Evidently, the fact that the likes of Joe Panik, Travis Ishikawa and Gregor Blanco have all upped their game has helped copious amounts, but without Peavy where would we be?
Since joining the Giants, Peavy is 4-4 with a 2.36 ERA. He has an ERA+ of 146, a WHIP of 1.09, a FIP of 3.00 and has struck out 39 batters in 53 innings over eight starts. Peavy has allowed, on average, 0.3 home runs per nine innings with the Giants. When he was with the Red Sox, he allowed 1.3 home runs per nine — while ballpark factors probably have a lot to do with this, it’s still very impressive.
With Tim Lincecum‘s season falling apart, and having been without Matt Cain for the majority of the season, the Peavy trade now looks pretty genius. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and it has allowed to me see that the Giants front office, seemingly as ever, were correct. The fan frustration which loomed around the trade deadline has vanished. We are now legitimately a big, post-season contender. Thank you, Jake Peavy.