Actually, Peacock had done decently since being recalled 10 days ago – only 3 appearances, which is hardly enough to keep a guy sharp. 2.1 IP, 1 hit, no walks, no runs on 5/30. Didn’t do as well 6/2 – threw 1.1 IP, gave up 2 walks, 2 H, 1 HR and 2 runs over 1.1 IP. Came in last night when it was obvious that it was one of Bedard’s Bad Days and threw 3.1 innings of 2 H, 1 W, 1 R ball.
Starters have been managing to pitch deeper into games these past few weeks, so long relievers haven’t been needed as much.
Leftys, however, are a different story, which is why the Astros picked up lefty starter Wade LeBlanc off waivers. Travis Blackley has been getting a workout, and Wesley is pretty strictly being used as a LOOGY.
Wade is coming over frm the Marlins, so he’ll be used to losing – except for his last game, he’s pitched only in losses this year. He looks like a 5th guy – had 7 starts before being put into the pen. He had one bad start, but except for that, he looked like a decent 5th guy who got minimal run support.
5 IP – 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 runs – 1 run of support
6 IP – 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 runs – left losing 2-0
4 IP – 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 runs – ND
6 IP – 8 H (2 HR) 1 BB, 2 K, 4 runs – 2 runs of support
5.2 IP – 8 H (1 HR) 0 BB, 4 K, 4 Runs – ND
5 IP – 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 4 R – no run support
Looks pretty good for a 5th guy – can’t imagine who they have that is a better pitcher for a 5th man.
In relief, 13.2 IP over 6 games since 5/14 – 16 H, 4 R/ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 6 K – not bad. He’s obviously not a high K guy, but as long as you have good infield defense, which he didn’t exactly have in FLorida, he should be decent.
He started with the Padres, was their second rounder in 06, has never had a full year in the majors, which means he won’t be arb eligible until next year, which should make the cheapos happy. He was a starter with the Pads, started 52, relieved in 2, has a 81 ERA+ over 293.1 IP and a 1.42 WHIP. He gave up 1.4 HR/9 (!!!!) 3.5 BB/9 and 6.3 K/9. Not great numbers.
Was traded to Miami last year for catcher John Baker (remember they signed John Buck to this expensive contract, then dumped him after the year to go back to losing and cheap).
Had a decent year as spot starter and long reliever – 9 GS, 14 in relief, 3.67 ERA (107 ERA+) 9.3 H/9, 2.5 BB/9, 5.6 K/9, 1.31 WHIP.
This year, his numbers look the same except for an increase in H/9 to 11.7, which increased his WHIP significantly.
I was gonna compare him to Travis Blackley, but it looks as if Travis this year has pretty strictly been used as a LOOGY/short relief, as he has 21.1 IP over 22 games. Travis’ problem is that he has given up too many homers and walks – 2.4/9 IP and 6.3/9 IP, which are much worse numbers than he posted as a starter past year. Funny that he hasn’t been used in long relief, but Bedard is the only one who has been used in that role at all this year.
Peacock is going into the rotation at AAA – Jarred Cosart and Asher Wojciechowski are the only starting pitchers there who aren’t stinking the place up.
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