Peavy a candidate for the AL All-Star team

CHICAGO – Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy is one of five candidates for the American League All-Star team through Major League Baseball’s Final Vote.  The former Cy Young Award winner is competing against Kansas City pitcher Jonathan Broxton, Texas pitcher Yu Darvish, Angels pitcher Ernesto Frieri and Baltimore pitcher Jason Hammel.

Peavy is 6-5 with a 2.96 ERA (37 ER/112.2 IP), 13 quality starts, four complete games, one shutout, 101 strikeouts and a .215 (88-410) opponents average over 16 starts this season. 

He ranks among AL leaders in quality starts (T1st), complete games (T1st), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2nd, 4.21), IP (3rd), opponents on-base percentage (4th, .265), baserunners per 9.0 IP (4th, 9.35), opponents average (5th), hits per 9.0 IP (5th, 7.03), ERA (6th), strikeouts (6th) and opponents slugging percentage (8th, .349).

His ERA and opponents average are the lowest marks among AL pitchers not selected for the All-Star Game.  Peavy also owns a lower ERA than three of the eight starting pitchers selected to the AL squad (Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, 3.09; Texas’ Matt Harrison, 3.16; New York’s CC Sabathia, 3.45). 

Among the AL Final Vote candidates, Peavy owns a lower ERA and opponents average than Darvish (3.59/.227) and Hammel (3.29/.227), and has made more quality starts than both starting pitchers on the ballot (Darvish – 9; Hammel – 8).  Peavy’s strikeouts per 9.0 IP mark (8.1) is higher than Broxton’s (6.8) and his opponents average is lower than the Kansas City pitcher’s .257 mark.   

Peavy owns a 2.70 ERA (9 ER/30.0 IP) over his last four starts and has received a total of just two runs of support during that span.  He has gone winless during that four-start stretch while receiving the second-lowest run support average (0.60) in baseball.  The right-hander has lost three of his four complete game efforts this season (received a total of one run of support in the three defeats).

Three of Peavy’s losses this season have been one-run setbacks: 2-1 vs. Boston on April 28, 1-0 at St. Louis on June 13 and 2-1 vs. the Cubs on June 19.

Peavy is competing for his third career All-Star appearance (also 2005 and 2007) and is looking to join Sox teammates Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Chris Sale on the AL team.  He is attempting to become the fourth White Sox player to win the AL Final Vote, following outfielder Scott Podsednik (2005), catcher A.J. Piezynski (2006) and first baseman Paul Konerko (2011).

Balloting is now open at whitesox.com and mlb.com/vote and continues until 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, July 5.  Winners will be announced by Major League Baseball shortly after voting concludes.