Monday, February 6, 2012

Jake Peavy Is About As Optimistic As Jake Peavy Can Be

Jake Peavy's time with the White Sox has been mostly filled with ankle injuries and muscles tearing clean off the bone. When he has been healthy enough to pitch, he hasn't exactly been the ace we all hoped to be getting when we sent roughly 80% of our minor league system to San Diego for him.

In his two and a half seasons as a White Sox, Peavy has made 38 starts, going 17-13 with an ERA of 4.49 and a WHIP of 1.22.

In that time the White Sox have paid him roughly $36.5 million.

Or $960,526.32 per start.

$152,719.67 per inning.

$2,147,058.82 per win.

Pretty awesome, right?

Obviously, as far as 2012 is concerned, I'm not expecting much from Peavy. Really the only thing I'm looking forward to is next winter when the White Sox can decline the $22 million option on his deal and say goodbye.

Still, if Peavy is somehow able to stay healthy and pitch well for the Sox, it would only increase their chances. And when asked about his feelings toward his health and the upcoming season, Peavy was about as realistic as somebody can be while being optimistic at the same time.

"I'm as 100 percent as I can be," Peavy told the Chicago Tribune. "I don't know if I'm 100 percent as to what I was four years ago. I know I'm as 100 percent as 100 percent is going to get after what I had done (surgically). I guess that's the best way to say it."

Which is a really honest answer. Like admirably honest. It's an answer that I appreciate a lot more than I would the standard "I'm in the best shape of my life" answer we'd usually get from a baseball player heading into the spring.

Though, as admirable as it is, it doesn't exactly make me feel good either.

Since winning the Cy Young in 2007 when Peavy made 34 starts -- his career high -- he's averaged 19.5 starts per season. With the White Sox that number is 17.5, not including his 3 starts -- 3 awesome starts -- at the end of the 2009 season.

So Peavy is as 100% as he can be, but that's probably about 75%. With an 80% chance that he spends at least two weeks on the disabled list in 2012.

But don't worry, next winter will be here before you know it. And that's about as optimistic as anybody not named Jake Peavy should be when it comes to Jake Peavy.

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