Peacock was omitted from the Astros' roster for the ALDS against Cleveland, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Manager A.J. Hinch decided to keep Tony Sipp and Josh James over Peacock, Hector Rondon and Chris Devenski for the first leg of the 2018 postseason. In 61 appearances for the club this year, Peacock posted a 3.46 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 96 strikeouts in 65 innings. His absence is notable after playing a big role for last year's team on their path to the World Series, though a disastrous outing against Baltimore on Sunday probably didn't help his case.
Peacock allowed a run on two hits and one walk while striking out three in the ninth inning of Saturday's 10-4 win over Arizona. Peacock made his first appearance since missing three games because of hand, foot and mouth disease. Overall, he hadn't pitched in 10 days, and the rust showed. The right-hander needed 25 pitches (14 strikes) to close out the blowout win.
Peacock was cleared by doctors Friday after recovering from a bout of hand, foot and mouth disease and is available to pitch, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Peacock was away from the team for three days while recovering from the illness. He'll return to his flexible role on the Astros' pitching staff, which has seen him record three saves and make one spot start while recording a 2.98 ERA and a 36.4 percent strikeout rate.
Peacock was sent home with hand, foot and mouth disease Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Peacock isn't the first pitcher to come down with the disease this season -- Noah Syndergaard in late July and J.A. Happ in early August both required minimum stays on the disabled list while battling the illness. With expanded September rosters, Peacock likely won't be required to miss 10 full days.
Peacock allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout for a one-out save during Monday's win over the Twins. Houston entered the ninth inning with a three-run lead before Hector Rondon left when he was struck by a comebacker. Will Harris then walked a batter to bring the tying run to the plate and Peacock was called upon to close it out. He allowed a single to the first hitter he faced to load the bases but was able to record a strikeout to preserve the win. Roberto Osuna was unavailable for this one after pitching four of the previous five days.