July 31st, 2013
It’s been a while since the Sox made a July deadline move as good as this one. An established AL pitcher and CY Young Award winner with an 8-4 record with a 4.28 ERA for the 2013 campaign–and a career 128-97 pitcher with a 3.49 ERA. Add him to the current mix, and if they Sox can get an effective That Clay Person back at some point, this will be a team that can do some damage for the rest of the season–and probably into the postseason as well…Ben Cherington weighs in: “We’re in a position to compete for a playoff spot and we felt like adding a starting pitcher was one of the most important things we could do. This was the deal we thought made the most sense. We just thought that Peavey, of the starting pitchers available, was the one that made the most sense to us.”
Yes, the Sox had to give up Inglesias (and 3 players I have NEVER heard of) to get Peavey, and while that doesn’t thrill me to pieces; I would rather it be him, than Xander Bogaerts or Jackie Bradley Junior. But with Will Middleton (will he EVER get right???) still struggling in the minors, the Call Up of Bogaerts to play 3rd base could happen sooner, rather than later. Yay!
Speaking of pitching, the 3rd time’s the charm for Brandon Workman, getting his first major league win in last night’s contest with 6 great innings of 1-run ball. He threw 103 pitches, 69 strikes, giving up the 1 run on 6 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 9.
Neato Workman Stat: With his 3rd quality start, the rookie joins an impressive rank of Red Sox pitchers who have has 3 consecutive starts of 6 innings or more with 3 earned runs or less. You may have heard of the other 4: Pedro, Tim Wakefield, Josh Beckett, and Hideo Nomo.
While there were reports that Michael Young is willing to waive his no-trade clause to play for the Sox, the deal never materialized. Always been a fan of Young–good teammate, career .300 hitter (although his average has dipped the last 2 years) who is a 7–time All-Star. Wish they could have pried him away from the Phillies, but obviously they couldn’t make a deal that made sense…
I was very sad to hear that former Red Sox pitcher Frank Castillo died in a drowning accident over the weekend. The pulled his body out of Bartlett Lake in Phoenix on Monday afternoon. He was 44. I always liked him when he was with the Sox, and always thought he was a better pitcher than his numbers showed. Godspeed, Frank…
Coming up: John Lackey tries again to get his W-L record to .500, going for his 8th win of the season, in Game 2 of this series against Seattle. He is opposed by Hisashi Iwakuma. 1st pitch 7:10pm.