SAN FRANCISCO -- Jake Peavy is back in the National League West and has once again been thrown into a pennant race.
Roughly a year after the White Sox traded him to the Red Sox, Boston dealt the former Cy Young winner to the San Francisco Giants.
On Wednesday, Peavy, who went 36-29 in parts of five seasons with the White Sox, will face his old team in the finale of this two-game series. Having won a World Series with Boston last season, Peavy is excited to find himself in another push for the postseason while being reunited with manager Bruce Bochy, whom he played for in San Diego.
“It gets tough when you don’t play for anything other than to win, and your team doesn’t really have a chance at the break, it’s tough to show up to work and be excited about it, when you know you’re not going to play in the postseason,” Peavy said. “It’s huge.”
Peavy is 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in three starts for San Francisco after he went 1-9 with Boston.
He’ll be opposed by Jose Quintana.
After more than five years away from the National League, Peavy, the unanimous NL Cy Young winner in 2007, is glad to get back to that style of play.
Wednesday will be his third start against the White Sox since they traded him to Boston in a three-way deal that netted outfielder Avisail Garcia from Detroit and three Red Sox minor leaguers, including pitcher Francellis Montas.
“It’s been fun,” Peavy said. “It’s been neat being back with my former skipper. This guy raised me in the game. Getting to come back to the National League after so many years in the American League. I love this style of game. It’s fun. It’s strategic. A lot of moves will be made tonight, you’ll see how good your skipper is. It’s fun being back out in the National League West where I spent a lot of time. A lot of positives. Hopefully our team will play better than we have the last few weeks and make some noise.”