Peavy's only luck has been bad
The past few seasons, health issues hampered Jake Peavy.
This year, bad luck has been the White Sox starting pitcher's main nemesis.
Heading into Friday night's outing against the Mariners, Peavy was 3-8 over his last 12 starts. The right-hander deserved much better, as his 3.16 ERA over the stretch indicates, but the Sox scored just 28 total runs.
On Friday, Peavy allowed 2 runs over 7 innings and was a near lock to improve his overall record to 10-9.
But the bullpen couldn't protect a 7-2 lead in the ninth and Peavy got a no decision after the White Sox rallied back in the bottom of the inning to win 9-8.
The bad luck has taken a mental toll on Peavy at times, but he's handled it about as well as can be expected.
"It's been tough to get wins on my fifth day, so a win on my fifth day, I'll take it," Peavy said. "It just wasn't meant to be (Friday night). I'm happy and if this team gets in the playoffs, that's all any of us are worried about. Personal stats, they'll take care of themselves."
Dayan Viciedo was lifted just before Saturday night's game against Seattle with a sore right shoulder. Jordan Danks replaced him in left field.
Center fielder Alejandro De Aza is already on the disabled list with bruised left ribs.
White Sox closer Addison Reed couldn't prevent the Mariners from rallying back from a 7-2 deficit in the ninth inning Friday night.
After rattling off 8 saves in a row, Reed allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits and 2 walks while recording two outs.
"No reliever is 100 percent perfect," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "It's just part of the job and being out there. Not everybody ends up with a 0.00 ERA. There are times it is going to happen and it is unfortunate. That's the way it is.
"That's the way the game is. It's not easy to do what he's doing and he'll be out there again. I've seen Mariano Rivera blow a couple."
Reed came back Saturday night and got the first two outs in the ninth inning before Kyle Seager hit a solo home run. After giving up a single to Justin Smoak, Reed retired John Jaso to earn his 24th save.
More rest for Sale?
First-year starter Chris Sale has already been given multiple breaks through the season.
Are the White Sox planning on giving their ace more extended rest down the stretch?
"We always have consideration," Robin Ventura said. "But again, we are going by how he feels and where we are at. We are always looking at him, to take care of him, if there's a way to do it. It might happen, but we are going by how he feels and how he's throwing."
Ventura said another first-year starter, Jose Quintana, is in the same boat. But veteran Jake Peavy is likely to stay on a regular schedule the rest of the way.
"I don't think Jake wants any (rest)," Ventura said.
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