As the Giants saw Tim Lincecum’s streak of solid starting efforts blown up last night by the Dodgers, and as their former ace Matt Cain (2-7, 4.18 ERA) and his $20 million salary languish on the disabled list, they traded two pitching prospects, Heath Hembree and lefty Edwin Escobar, to the Red Sox in a deal for another former front-liner who has fallen on tough times, Jake Peavy.
Time was, there were few better starters around than Peavy, but most of that is now ancient history for the 33-year-old. He was the ace of the Padres staff for several years, and his numbers were off the charts for awhile. In his best year, he was 19-6 with a 2.54 ERA,
|1.06 WHIP, and 240 strikeouts in 223-1.3 innings. But, and that's a big, big but, that was in 2007, and since then, with San Diego, the White Sox, and in Boston, his record is an unimpressive 57-56, including 1-9 this season. That 1-9 includes a current nine-game losing streak.|
The Giants hope that being re-united with Bruce Bochy, the Padres manager during Peavy's great stretch in San Diego, will help bring about a
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A big part of the Giants’ 2012 success was due to second baseman Marco Scutaro, and he was rewarded with a three-year, $20 million contract. He had another excellent season in 2013, but in September, he suffered a broken finger that required surgery, and he has had additional injuries since. He began the 2014 season on the disable list, and he was out
Most of LA will be able to watch the Dodgers-Giants game tomorrow night, as it’s ESPN’s Sunday Night Game. By my informal calculations, it will be the eighth game this season, of the teams’ 104 payed as of yesterday, that will have been available to the 70% of Los Angeles area residents who do not have access to the Dodgers’ new private TV network.