Starting pitcher Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox has been voted American League Pitcher of the Month for April. Peavy compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.67 ERA, 33 strikeouts, five walks, two complete games and one shutout in 37.2 innings pitched over five starts on his way to winning his first career Pitcher of the Month Award, and the first for the White Sox since Gavin Floyd in July 2010. Among qualifying starters in the A.L. (minimum 22.0 innings), Peavy finished tops in innings pitched, complete games, ERA and opponent batting average (.162), tied for first with Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price in shutouts and tied for fifth in the league in strikeouts. In his first start of the season on April 7th at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, the 30-year-old allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out five for a no-decision as the White Sox edged the defending A.L. Champion Texas Rangers, 4-3. On April 13th in Chicago, the 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner kept the division rival Detroit Tigers in check over 6.2 innings, allowing a pair of runs on two hits, striking out eight and walking one to notch his first win of the season, a 5-2 triumph at U.S. Cellular Field. In his next start against the Baltimore Orioles on April 18th, Peavy went 7.0 strong innings, allowing one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks as the Sox rolled to an 8-1 victory in Chicago. It was the first start since May 30, 2011 in which the 15th-round selection in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft (by the San Diego Padres) hurled at least 7.0 innings without walking a hitter. On April 23rd at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Mobile, Alabama native blanked the Athletics, 4-0, for his first shutout of the season. Peavy surrendered just three hits while striking out five and walking two in the 107-pitch outing. The 11-year veteran was nearly as effective in his final start of the month on April 28th, going the distance before falling to the Boston Red Sox, 1-0, at U.S. Cellular Field. The two-time N.L. All-Star allowed four hits and struck out seven for his second consecutive complete game, the first time in his career that the right-hander has accomplished the feat. Peavy enjoyed a string of 17.0 consecutive innings of scoreless baseball until giving up the game’s lone run in the fourth inning. Jake has allowed just two runs over his last 25.0 innings pitched (three starts) heading into May.
Others receiving votes included Seattle’s Felix Hernandez (2-1, 2.23 ERA, 42 SO); Yu Darvish (4-0, 2.18 ERA, 33 SO) and Colby Lewis (3-0, 1.93 ERA, 29 SO) of the Rangers; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Jered Weaver (3-0, 2.02 ERA, 36 SO, 6 BB); Cleveland’s Derek Lowe (4-1, 2.27 ERA); Baltimore’s Jason Hammel (3-1, 1.97 ERA, 30 SO) and Jim Johnson (7 SV, 0.00 ERA); and Tampa Bay’s James Shields (4-0, 3.31 ERA, 28 SO) and Fernando Rodney (1-0, 0.87 ERA, 7 SV).
The American League Pitcher of the Month, Jake Peavy, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.