Peacock's next start will come next week in Boston, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Lance McCullers (arm) will return Sunday, pushing Collin McHugh to Monday against the Rangers. Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander will stay on schedule and go Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, but Peacock will still get another opportunity to start before the end of the regular season. Peacock has posted a 3.31 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 75:19 K:BB over 65.1 innings so far in the second half.
Peacock (12-2) allowed two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out six in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the White Sox. The 12 wins aren't just a career high, they surpass the 11 he'd earned in his entire big-league career coming into 2017. Injuries earlier this month prevented a planned move to the bullpen for Peacock, who submitted yet another piece of evidence that he should be part of the Astros' postseason rotation. The right-hander has a 2.10 ERA over his last six starts and looks like a Game 3 or Game 4 starter in the playoffs. The knock on him is that his effectiveness drops off the third time through a lineup, but that becomes less important in the postseason when managers tend to manage differently and are quick to call for relievers.
Peacock (11-2) allowed a single run on three hits and three walks while striking out three batters through six innings during Thursday's win over the Angels. Peacock continues to shine and is expected to remain in the rotation moving forward. He boasts a 2.98 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 11.4 K/9 for the campaign, and pitching for a contending team helps his fantasy outlook. However, the Astros are likely to utilize a six-man rotation once their pitching staff is healthy, so Peacock will probably only have two more starts through the end of the season. He projects to face the White Sox at Minute Maid Park in his next outing.
Manager A.J. Hinch said he views Peacock as a candidate to continue as a starter down the stretch and into the postseason, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Two of the Astros' starters -- Lance McCullers (arm) and Collin McHugh (finger) -- are banged up, and while the injuries aren't thought to be overly serious, Houston may look to give them some extra rest down the stretch by operating out of a six-man rotation. Peacock, who is 7-2 with a 3.33 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 124:40 K:BB in 18 starts (94.2 innings) this season, is lined up for a spot start against the Angels on Thursday; if he pitches well, it sounds like he could stick in the rotation thereafter.
Peacock will start Thursday against the Angels in place of the injured Collin McHugh (fingernail), Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. McHugh will skip his current turn through the rotation to allow his partially detached fingernail -- described as an "avulsion" -- time to heal. He's expected to be back on the mound next week, so this will be a one-time deal for Peacock, who is 7-2 with a 3.33 ERA over 18 outings as a starter in 2017.
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