One often hears the phrase, "I wish I liked (fill in the blank) but I just don't." I have the exact opposite feeling toward Jake Peavy, I wish I didn't like him, yet I do. I mean, so much of what he does and is what usually drives me crazy about athletes. He talks about tryin' hard, givin' it his all just so the team can win. He is the poor man's Brett Favre. Yet, here I am, a fan of Jake Peavy and despite myself, I like the guy.
As you can guess by the order of these posts, I consider Chris Sale the ace of the White Sox pitching staff, regardless if he gets the ball in the opener or not. Sale is the best pitcher on the staff right now, probably the best pitcher in Chicago.
Peavy is pretty good to have as next in line of a rotation. When he arrived, he pretty much was in that ace category, or at least in the fading beauty category. Since joining the White Sox it has been a lot of disappointment. I don't blame Peavy for the disappointment, mind, but what seemed like such a strong pick up, turned out to be a rather mundane one, especially after his season ending injury in 2011. Coming back in 2012 from surgery that no one had ever experienced, nobody knew what to expect. The results were nothing short of fantastic. He pitched 219 innings with 22% K% and an outstanding BB% of 5.6% with 23 quality starts. If Peavy comes back to his projections, which look to be very solid at 211 innings and 200 strikeouts, the White Sox potentially have one of the strongest 1-2 combinations in the American League. Now, where it goes from there is a bit of a problem when listening to the reports out of Arizona. The highest paid player on the 2013 roster might not even break camp with the big league team. That is a problem to look at tomorrow.