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Saturday, August 3, 2013
Lefties no match for Peavy in Red Sox debut

By ESPN Stats & Information

Jake Peavy wasted no time getting comfortable in red socks, winning his first start with the Boston Red Sox since being traded to the team on July 30.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Peavy is the third Red Sox pitcher in the past 15 seasons to win in his first start with the team after playing earlier that season with a different team.

The others to do it were Byung-Hyun Kim in 2003 and Kyle Snyder in 2006.

However, Boston has historically not had a lot of luck adding impact starters midway through the season.

Over the past 25 years, only one pitcher, who pitched earlier that season with another team, won as many as five games as a starting pitcher for the Red Sox in the season they acquired them.

In 2000, Rolando Arrojo went 5-2 in 13 starts for Boston after coming over in a trade from the Colorado Rockies a few days before the deadline.

Peavy, who won a Cy Young with the San Diego Padres in 2007, is the 11th pitcher to debut with the Red Sox after winning a Cy Young award for a different franchise. The 11 former Cy Young winners to debut breaks a tie with the New York Yankees and New York Mets for the most by any franchise, according to Elias.

How Peavy Won
Peavy dominated the Diamondbacks’ left-handed hitters, who were 0-for-11 with five strikeouts against him. That is the most lefties he has faced without allowing a hit since the Dodgers' lefties went 0-for-15 versus him on Aug. 22, 2006.

He threw 99 pitches to 26 batters and not one of them put a hard-hit ball in play, according to data from Inside Edge. It is the first time in the past five seasons he hasn’t allowed a hard-hit ball as a starting pitcher.

Peavy pounded the bottom of the strike zone, throwing a season-high 57 percent of his pitches mid-thigh or lower, and kept the ball away from the D-backs hitters, locating a season-high 64 percent of his pitches on the outer third of the zone or just off the outside corner.

He also went to his breaking pitches often, matching a season-best with 34 curves and sliders thrown. Those pitches netted him nine outs and five of his seven strikeouts, with just one single allowed in at-bats ending in a curve or slider.