Jake Peavy can dominate opposing hitters as well as he can dominate the disabled list.
For 90 pitches or so, anyway.
Peavy said his start against the Cubs on Wednesday night was a struggle, and not just with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, whatever that was. But he battled, he gave the Sox a chance to win, and he didn’t get injured. Hat trick.
So, as long as Peavy is part of the plan, the White Sox will have to stick with a six-man rotation.
He’s too good for five or six innings not to find a spot for him. Problem is, Peavy isn’t healthy enough with any regularity to gamble that you can move anyone in the rotation to the bullpen or to another team.
If you put, say, Edwin Jackson in the pen and pitch Peavy every fifth day, history says you’ll be bringing Jackson back to the rotation in Peavy’s spot. I’d rather see a six-man rotation that might delay the next Peavy injury than see moreLucas Harrell.
Never mind, Alfonso Soriano said. Cubs fans aren’t the worst when it comes to booing players. But I’m sure they’ll have the chance to earn that honor by the end of Sorianos’ contract.
Adam Dunn said his slump is so bad he stopped answering his phone. But I’m sure opposing pitchers left messages about when to expect the limo.
Fans don’t boo because it’s going to make someone play better. They boo because it makes them feel better.
End of the first inning, and the Sox already were 0-for-3 with a runner in scoring position.
And then later scored on an A.J. Pierzynski triple and a Brent Lillibridge bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, natch.
Lillibridge also drove in a run with a squeeze that was not only terrific execution, but also a wonderfully timed call by Sox manager Ozzie Guillen because the Cubs seemed unfocused, perhaps as stunned as everybody else that Pierzynski tripled one batter before.
If Koyie Hill can’t hit better than .221, then he at least ought to be able to lay down a squeeze with one out and a man on third in the eighth inning of a one-run game.
Interleague Hall-of-Famer Mark Buehrle doesn’t think the city series has generated buzz this year, which is what happens when aggravating baseball meets bad weather meets inflated prices.
But say this for two bad baseball teams: They played three good games.
Sergio Santos struck out five of the seven Cubs he faced in the series. The Sox will see your Marmol and raise you a Santos.
Good for Len Kasper. A pro who will be one of the few long-term contracts to work out for the Cubs.