For the first time in his White Sox career, Jake Peavy is healthy and poised to lead the team’s pitching staff. Peavy will be vital to the team’s success this season if they want to compete in the AL Central Division.
The departure of Mark Buehrle leaves a huge void on the team. Buehrle made a team record nine Opening Day starts. People will point to the new contract of John Danks and say he is the team’s ace but Peavy wants to be mentioned in the conversation.
It’s going to be an uphill battle for Peavy. He has only made 48 starts his last three seasons. Last year he only made 19. Time is still on his side. The veteran pitcher will turn just 31-years-old in May of this year.
It feels like Peavy’s tenure with the White Sox has been one long rehab stint. This off-season he has finally been able to train like a healthy pitcher. Does that translate into 30 starts? That still remains to be seen.