Tag:Jake Peavy
Posted on: May 2, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2010 8:51 pm

Padres putting on pitching clinic

SAN DIEGO -- Along with the Mets, the Padres are one of only two National League teams to never have thrown a no-hitter. But where San Diego's pitching is concerned, the Padres on Sunday did touch history by throwing a third shutout against Milwaukee in four games.

Never before had the Padres thrown three shutouts in a series of any length. And leaving the Brewers' batters even more bewildered, the two runs the stingy San Diego pitchers allowed were the fewest in Padres' history in a four-game series.

This against a Brewers team that arrived here last Thursday leading the National League in runs scored.

So much for the gap left in the rotation by trading ace Jake Peavy to the White Sox last July.

So much for the continued absence of All-Star Chris Young, who has been on the disabled list since the season's first week.

"You talk all the time about pitching and solid defense and timely hitting going a long way," Padres manager Bud Black said after Sunday's 8-0 whitewashing of Milwaukee. "You can't discount what our starters have done early this season.

"To a man, they've all pitched well."

Sunday's winner was the graybeard of the group Jon Garland, a 10-year veteran. Kevin Correia, Clayton Richard, Wade LeBlanc and Mat Latos also have pitched so well that the discussion in San Diego recently has centered on just whom the Padres would send back to Triple-A when Young is ready to rejoin them.

Mix in the bullpen, where set-up men Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams in particular have been nails for closer Heath Bell, and the surprising first-place Padres have won 13 of their past 16 games.

"You see our bullpen," Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba said. "There are not a lot of guys people have heard of before. But if our starting pitching gets us a lead after seven innings, it's game over. Gregerson, Mike Adams ... guys nobody's heard of before, but they have outstanding arms.

"Our pitching is really deep."

"They're good," said slow-starting Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder (.234, two homers, nine RBI in 25 games). "They did a great job this series.

"Unfortunately, we probably weren't at our best."

Overall, the Padres now own a major-league leading six shutouts. Though five of them have come at Petco Park (the other came in Cincinnati), that's two more than the Mets and San Francisco and double the number of any AL team.

Coming into Sunday's games, the Padres' 2.88 ERA ranked third in the majors (behind the Cardinals and Giants), as did their .233 opponents' batting average.

"The fact that we held them to zero runs in three of four games and to two runs total in four games, we feel like we came away with a sweep," Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. said. "That's a very, very talented offense over there. Our pitchers really stepped up."

Heading into Monday's series opener against Colorado and Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, Padres pitchers now have worked 40 scoreless innings in their past 42 innings pitched going back to Wednesday's game in Florida.

Over their past 16 games, the Padres own a 2.08 ERA.

Posted on: March 12, 2010 5:11 pm

Another step forward for Indians' Westbrook

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro will tell you there are three clear keys to the Indians' 2010 season: Jake Westbrook, Fausto Carmona and Justin Masterson, who right now are the top three starters.

Shapiro thinks the Indians will score enough runs, he likes their bullpen and they have several candidates -- young, but experienced -- to pick from for the fourth and fifth starters' slots.

As for those first three starters, there are issues with each. Westbrook hasn't started a regular season game in nearly two years because of reconstructive elbow surgery. Carmona has never been able to replicate his 2007 command. And Masterson, after bouncing between the rotation and bullpen in Boston, has yet to prove himself as a starter.

So each time out for that trio is a test this spring, and on Friday, against a Los Angeles Angels' split-squad, it was Westbrook's turn in his second start of the spring. Though the numbers didn't look good (three hits and four earned runs allowed in 2 1/3 innings), Westbrook sailed through in fine form and said he felt "great."

"I gave up four runs total, but I felt 100 times better than when I gave up one run last outing," said Westbrook, who allowed a run on one hit and three walks in 1 2/3 innings against Arizona on March 8 in Tucson. "I feel so much better confidence-wise, and how I attacked the hitters."

Westbrook, who won 44 games for the Indians from 2004-20006, was mainly hurt when he left a fastball up to Mike Napoli, who crushed it for a three-run homer. If you're grading on the curve, Napoli has crushed everything in sight this spring: With 21 total bases in 16 at-bats, his slugging percentage is 1.312 and he's hitting .438 (7 for 16).

After surrendering a double, single and homer to start, Westbrook retired the next six hitters in what mostly was an Angels 'B' lineup -- and seven of the next eight.

"Another step," Westbrook said. "Another step toward getting back to full strength. I feel like I'm definitely back to full healthy."

Sunblock Day? Don't look now but it actually hit 70 degrees here today. Whoo-hoo! Still chilly enough in the shade that jeans are preferable to shorts.

Likes: Woodjock, a charity event hosted by White Sox starter Jake Peavy, went off splendidly Thursday night in Scottsdale. Peavy, a beginning country crooner, held it together and played a couple of songs he's written. Former Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams is terrific on the guitar, as you've probably heard. Excellent rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and nice solo on James Taylor's You've Got a Friend. Retired big leaguer Ben Broussard and his band probably was the best -- he's really good. Bronson Arroyo's emo singing  wasn't bad, either. Aubrey Huff? I'll pass. Great crowd, roughly 1,400 folks showed up. You should have seen the line out front just before the doors opened. And fine job by Rick Sutcliffe as master of ceremonies... Love the framed photo in the Goodyear press box with the caption "Did anybody pack the snake?" The photo shows the Indians' press corps hard at work in the old press box in Winter Haven, Fla., where the Indians trained until last year, and it's a reference to the time a snake literally slithered into the press box near Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and scared the poor guy half to death. ... Also like all the airplanes just sitting in the desert far over the right-field fence here in Goodyear. It's a giant parking lot for dozens of airplanes. ... Everyone loves Rerun and the old 1970s television show What's Happening!!, don't they? And, who wouldn't want to watch the classic theme song once more?

Dislikes: The plethora of cameras along the interstate and at red lights in Arizona looking to bust you and take money out of your pocket. It's unbelievable how many there are. I've seen plenty of red-light cameras, but here there are cameras set up along the freeways to catch speeders. Big brother is always watching you in the state of Arizona. Be careful, it's disgusting.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"You bitch about the present
"And blame it on the past
"I'd like to find your inner child
"And kick it's little ass"

-- The Eagles, Get Over It

Posted on: March 11, 2010 12:23 am

Trading Cy Youngs for guitars -- for a night

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The place to be in the Cactus League on Thursday might not be a baseball field so much as a club in Scottsdale, where a handful of big leaguers including two Cy Young winner -- White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy (2007) and Giants pitcher Barry Zito (2002) -- and Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo and former Yankee Bernie Williams will headline Woodjock 2010: A Big League Jam Fest for charity.

The event, hosted by Peavy, will benefit the Jake Peavy Foundation, which raises money for Team Focus USA, Strikeouts for Troops, White Sox Charities and Autism Speaks.

Also scheduled to participate are White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink, Giants infielder Aubrey Huff, Giants pitcher Brandon Medders, Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery, White Sox shortstop Omar Vizquel, White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham and former infielder Ben Broussard.

The players/musicians will play various musical genres -- rock 'n' roll, country, jazz, blues, bluegrass, classical and Latin.

The concert will take place at The Venue in Oldtown Scottsdale at 7 p.m. Thursday night. If you're in the area, tickets are available here.

Sunblock Day? Not in my definition of the term. Another cold one in Arizona today, with the temp barely creeping into the 60s and a stiff wind blowing -- howling? -- all day.

Likes: Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon says he is very impressed with the Rays' attitude and work ethic in camp, and he thinks everyone believes the off-season was too long. Translation: He thinks the hunger has returned following the 2008 World Series run and then swinging and missing in 2009. ... Good to see Padres right-hander Chris Young, who has had back-to-back seasons marred by injuries, healthy and strong at this point in camp. ... The rental car lady in Florida was not in the mood for nonsense when I returned the car early the other morning. She was busy working her little hand-held computer upon my return, and when I told her I'd like a full refund because the Florida weather was so crappy for three weeks, she didn't even crack a smile. "You'll have to talk to them inside at the counter, sir," she said without even so much as a hint of a smile. Uh ... I was kidding? ... Notre Dame over Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament on Wednesday. ... Butler over Wright State in the Horizon League tourney title game. What a season for those Bulldogs. Going undefeated in league play is an incredible achievement. ... The jerk salmon at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in Glendale the other night. ... Excellent win for the Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central boys' basketball team on Wednesday in a 55-53 district tourney triumph over Whiteford.

Dislikes: Former big leaguer Riccardo Ingram, now a hitting coach in Minnesota's system, battling a brain tumor. He was stricken last summer while serving at hitting coach at Triple-A Rochester and, after treatment at Duke University and ongoing chemotherapy, he's doing great right now and is in uniform in Twins camp. The plan for him in 2010 is to serve as a roving hitting coach between Rochester and Double-A New Britain. Here's a prayer that Ingram, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, continues to feel well and beats this thing. And here's another prayer for his wife and two daughters as they all fight through this thing.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Well, I came upon a child of God
"He was walking along the road
"And I asked him, Tell me, where are you going?
"This he told me
"Said, I'm going down to Yasgur's Farm
"Gonna join in a rock and roll band
"Got to get back to the land and set my soul free
"We are stardust, we are golden
"We are billion year old carbon
"And we got to get ourselves back to the garden"

-- Joni Mitchell, Woodstock

Posted on: August 6, 2009 10:38 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2009 1:05 am

Padres extend manager Black's contract

In a season of upheaval, one thing will remain the same on San Diego's baseball field: The Padres have extended the contract of manager Bud Black through 2010 with a club option for 2011.

Black, in his third season of managing the Padres, is presiding over a club with a drastically cut payroll this season that is buried in last place in the NL West. Chopping from $70-some million down to the $40-million range following the trade of Jake Peavy to the Chicago White Sox on Friday, the Padres entered a series-opener with the New York Mets on Thursday night at 44-65.

Padres general manager Kevin Towers and Jeff Moorad, the Padres' new chief executive officer, first discussed extending the manager a couple of months ago, and they first broached an extension with Black several weeks ago.

"Watching the way he dealt with young players, he's done a real nice job," Towers said. "I personally think he's managed better this year than his first two.

"I knew he'd get better with time. Our record doesn't indicate it, but it's not Buddy's fault we're 20 games under .500."

Black, 52, has a career record of 196-238 during his two-plus seasons in charge in San Diego. The Padres went 89-74 in his first season and were eliminated from the postseason chase in a one-game playoff in Colorado on the Monday after the regular season ended.

"The first year was kind of a whirlwind managing a contending club," Towers said. "Last year we had a lot of injuries. I've said I thought Buddy would be better even with a younger club. He likes young players.

"He's been one of the driving forces here, 'Hey, let's get our young guys up here and see what they're capable of.' I think this is more of the team he's wanted. He can steal some bases, hit-and-run. We've had a station-to-station club the last couple of years."

Towers also has been impressed with Black's calm demeanor, especially as the losses have mounted and the roster has blown up.

"I don't know how he's done it," Towers said. "I've never seen Bud Black have a bad day. A more volatile manager can make things even worse. If anything, he's been a breath of fresh air for all of us. I tend to fall on the negative side, and he helps balance me out a little bit."

Black, following San Diego's 8-3 win over the New York Mets on Thursday, said he's excited with the extension and is happy that he'll be in charge as the club looks to turn things around.

"I'm flattered that it was talked about over the last month," Black said. "I'm glad to be a part of what's going on here. There's been a transition with ownership in the spring, and there is an evaluation process that obviously continues to go on. Jeff and Tom (Garfinkel, new club president) are doing some things that are going to get us back to where we belong. And K.T. is a great baseball mind. I like working with him."

Posted on: August 5, 2009 4:54 pm

No apparent trade-demand rights for Peavy

However things work out on the field with their new pitcher, one thing is clear: The Chicago White Sox-Jake Peavy partnership probably will be long-term.

To clarify Peavy's situation with the Sox: Even though he was traded in the middle of a multi-year contract, Peavy's agent, Barry Axelrod, does not believe he has the right to demand that the White Sox trade him after one year in Chicago.

Players with five or more years in the majors and working under a multi-year contract formerly had that right under the old Collective Bargaining Agreement. If a player was dealt in that situation, after one year with his new club, he could demand to be traded.

That right went away when the latest CBA was negotiated on Oct. 23, 2006. Players playing under multi-year contracts at the time were grandfathered in -- that is, they retained the old rights through the expiration of their existing deals.

Though Peavy's old contract running through 2009 was signed before that 2006 date, the three-year, $52 million extension absorbed by the White Sox (running from 2010 through 2013) was agreed to in November, 2007. Thus, because it came under the new CBA, Axelrod said Wednesday he's "95 percent" certain that Peavy is not eligible to demand a trade, anyway.

And regarding the 5 percent chance the legalese in the CBA provides a loophole?

"That would be a longshot," Axelrod said. "That would be walking away from $52 million. That's not probable."

Not in this economy, anyway.

Likes: Yusmeiro Petit? He almost throws a no-hitter? You never know. ... Cooperstown, N.Y. The Hall of Fame inductions two weekends ago were terrific. That is one assignment that never gets old. If you ever have the chance to go to Cooperstown, go. You will not be disappointed. ... How about Texas' Neftali Feliz going two innings in relief against Oakland on Monday night and striking out the side in the sixth? ... Love the new graphics on the MLB Extra Innings television package. Especially when they show four games at once on a channel that isn't currently showing a game. ... Lake Michigan. ... Bob Dylan's new disc Together Through Life. ... Finally caught up with Public Enemies in the theater the other day (hurray, the trade deadline is over!). Enjoyed it quite a bit, but it wasn't great. I went in wanting it to be great, and it was pretty good. ... Sure would like to catch the touring trio Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp at a minor-league park near me while they're on the road. ... Don Middlebrook's new disc Beach Bar Serenade. Always fun seeing Don on the deck of The Butler restaurant in Saugatuck, Mich. Fun new songs.

Dislikes: Hey Prince Fielder, what were you thinking in Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night? Lot of hitters hate Guillermo Mota, but don't try getting into the other clubhouse to settle it. That's insane. ... Little hope -- again -- in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, San Diego. ... Mark Prior's career fades away, probably for good.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"She's so beautiful now
"She doesn't wear her shoes"

-- The Cars, Let's Go

Posted on: July 31, 2009 4:37 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2009 4:46 pm

White Sox acquire Jake Peavy from Padres

In the craziest, most unexpected deal of the day, the Chicago White Sox have acquired right-hander Jake Peavy from the San Diego Padres for a package of prospects, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

Yes, the same White Sox who were turned down by Peavy when a deal was first put into place back in May.

Peavy currently is on the disabled list recovering from a torn tendon in his right foot and has not pitched in six weeks. He is on target to begin throwing again in August. Assuming he comes back healthy, Peavy could become a huge difference-maker for the White Sox down the stretch as they battle the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.

The move also gives the Sox a solid answer to Detroit's acquisition of Jarrod Washburn earlier in the day.

For Peavy, the Sox sent four young pitchers to the Padres: Left-handers Clayton Richard and Aaron Poreda and right-handers Adam Russell and Dexter Carter.

Richard was supposed to pitch for the Sox tonight against the New York Yankees.

Posted on: June 12, 2009 9:36 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2009 10:56 pm

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After nearly eight months of rumors, Jake Peavy may be off the trade market this summer.

The Padres will place their ace right-hander on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with an ankle injury that could sideline him for as long as three months, well past the July 31 trade deadline. At the very least, he's not expected to return until after the July 15 All-Star Game.

Peavy, who was hurt while running the bases on May 22, was diagnosed with a strained tendon in his right foot. Technically, it's a strain of the posterior tibialis, a muscle that starts under the tibia and runs behind the ankle and attaches to the navicular, one of the main bones in the arch.

The Padres say there is some tearing in the muscle and tendon and that Peavy will wear a cast for two to four weeks. He is in a hard cast now and will be re-evaluated after two weeks, at which point he will either switch to a walking boot or, if the healing hasn't progressed far enough, he'll remain in a hard cast.

Best-case scenario is that Peavy can return in about a month, but there's no question the club is concerned it could be longer.

"It could be eight weeks, easy," Todd Hutcheson, San Diego's head athletic trainer, said Friday before the Padres opened a series against the Los Angeles Angels. "It could be 12 weeks if things don't come along as fast as we'd like them to.

"It's a little, tiny muscle, but it sure makes a difference in how his leg works.

"We've got to make sure we do the right thing."

Peavy first felt a twinge in the foot while rounding third on May 22 following a Tony Gwynn double when, thinking he could score, he instead made a quick stop.

"My ankle slid a little," Peavy said. "I didn't feel anything jarring. It was just a little uncomfortable."

Peavy didn't even mention anything to the training staff until the next day, when the pain continued and he thought he had injured his Achilles tendon. With heavy treatment, he made his next three starts. But the pain in his foot continued.

"I know it hurt and I wasn't 100 percent, but I thought I was good enough to be out there," Peavy said.

To a degree, it was: It has not bothered him when he's moving forward in his delivery to the plate.

"I can move forward, but it really bothers me if I have to run to my side or angle over to cover first," he said.

Though Peavy and the club both say the pitcher did not further damage his foot by attempting to pitch with the pain, the determination was finally made following an MRI exam on Friday that he could inflict further damage  if he continues to push it.

"It could get worse if he's not able to plant (the foot properly)," Hutcheson said. "If you can't stabilize the foot, then your mechanics are going to change, and if you change your mechanics you risk (an arm injury)."

The injury not only is a blow to the Padres, who were 28-31 and 11 games behind first-place Los Angeles in the National League West entering Friday night's game, on the field, but also in the trade market. The club remains roughly $5 million over its self-imposed $40 million budget and has been attempting to deal Peavy since November.

Ironically, this injury occurred on May 22, the day Peavy formally rejected the Padres' attempt to trade him to the Chicago White Sox.


Category: MLB
Posted on: June 2, 2009 12:06 am

On Khalil Greene, St. Louis and San Diego

With Khalil Greene fighting to save his career in St. Louis, some of his ex-teammates say that the social-anxiety disorder that appears to be devouring him was evident only in very small doses when he played in San Diego.

"Maybe it was evident here and there but, in my opinion, no more than any other player," Padres starter Chris Young said Monday. "That doesn't mean it hasn't been eating him up inside."

Greene, batting .200 with seven errors, was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cardinals on Friday with stress-related issues that have only worsened during his first year in St. Louis.

Joe Strauss, in Sunday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, writes "Greene's condition causes incessant anxiety based on a fear of failure that feeds his self-consciousness. Unable to channel his emotions, the resulting frustration makes him prone to physical and verbal outbursts in front of teammates. ... The self-punishment and the screams from within the dugout tunnel brought him only passing relief while jarring those around him."

"We all saw bits and pieces of that when he was here," Padres ace Jake Peavy said. "Khalil was a great teammate and is a great friend. He's as talented as anybody I've ever played with. The guy hit (27) home runs two years ago, and he's as good as any player I've ever seen play shortstop."

Greene, 29, always has been a streaky hitter but still knocked out four seasons ranging from fairly productive to exceptional with the Padres between 2004 and 2008. He peaked in '07, when he slammed 27 homers and collected 97 RBI. He also committed only 11 errors in 690 total chances that summer.

He never could get untracked in 2008, however, and the frustration boiled over when he suffered a broken left hand while slamming an equipment trunk in late July. He finished with the lowest batting average of his career, .213, and eight errors in 443 total chances.

"That thing that happened last year can happen to anybody in this game," Padres outfielder Brian Giles said of Greene's broken hand. "It happens. That's what makes this game so unique. It's a game of failure. And it's all about trying to control the mental side of failing."

Always exceptionally quiet, Greene, whose long, blonde hair reminded many of the surfer character Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, was a fan favorite early in his career in San Diego. By the time he was traded to St. Louis last winter, though, he seemed more misunderstood than anything.

"He's so quiet," Giles said. "You feel for him. Baseball is just a game. It's just a piece of your life. He's such a good guy. You hope he can find a way to deal with it and get back on the field.

"I feel for him. I'll probably give him a call. The guys that played here with him, we've got his back."

Said Young: "Khalil is a great guy and and I hate to see him going through this. Every player comes up the tunnel every now and then and lets off steam. I didn't see Khalil doing that more than anybody else.

"I've had some of my best conversations in baseball with him, just sitting in the sauna or clubhouse, about life in general. He's an extremely smart guy. I wish him the best."

Things went especially sour for Greene with the Padres when the club late last season attempted to dock him two months' salary for the time he missed in August and September because his injury was self-induced. The club has filed a grievance attempting to recoup up to $1.47 million in salary. A hearing is expected to be held sometime in August when the Cardinals and Padres play (so that officials from the Padres and Greene can attend).

"I just hope those guys over there support him and are good teammates," Peavy said of the Cardinals. "I think we all would love for him to get past this thing so that the game of baseball can get the Khalil that everyone knows back."

Likes: Hitting streaks. What a hoot it would be to see someone seriously chasing Joe DiMaggio's record 56-gamer. Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki jacked his up to 25 games Monday night. But you know what? They all seem to die right around the 30-game mark. ... The excitement Matt Wieters has brought to Baltimore. ... Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown rocks. ... Henry Poole Is Here is very quirky, very interesting and worth renting. ... The Girlfriend Experience? It's OK, but I wouldn't rush out to see it. Interesting concept. Could have been painful if it didn't get the job done in a Greg Maddux-like 77 minutes. ... Kemo Sabe, an Asian-Southwestern-fusion restaurant in San Diego's Hillcrest area. The blackened jerk chicken with plantains over the weekend was tremendous, as was my wife's Ahi tuna/calamari/salmon sampler dish.

Dislikes: Khalil Greene is a good dude, and I hope the Cardinals are patient and helpful with him and that the poor guy figures things out. ... Cleveland's Grady Sizemore and Texas' Josh Hamilton on the sidelines. The game is better when they're in the lineup. ... The Mets' J.J. Putz in the eighth inning. It seemed like a no-brainer. ...

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Back in the days of shock and awe
"We came to liberate them all
"History was the cruel judge of overconfidence
"Back in the days of shock and awe"

-- Neil Young, Shock and Awe

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