Saturday’s Red Sox-Diamondbacks matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Patrick Corbin
|08.03.13 at 9:25 am ET|
Jake Peavy is set to make his Red Sox debut Saturday at Fenway Park, but beating the Diamondbacks will be no small task. Patrick Corbin, a 24-year-old New York native who has been nothing short of spectacular in 2013, will get the ball for the Diamondbacks in search of his National League-high 13th win.
Peavy’s first start since changing Sox will be his third since returning from a broken rib that kept him out of action for a month and a half until July 20. After beating the Braves by allowing two earned runs in six innings, Peavy toughed out seven innings of four-run ball against the Tigers on July 25. The right-hander allowed two walks and four hits, three of which were long balls off the bats of Brayan PeÃ±a, Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter. Of his season-high 118 pitches, 74 went for strikes en route to his seven strikeouts while outpitching Justin Verlander.
Peavy hasn’t pitched in nine days, having been scratched by the White Sox from his start Tuesday so he would be more readily available to the team that traded for him, but manager John Farrell said Friday Peavy will not be on a pitch count.
Farrell has sung praises for his new hurler since the trade became official late Tuesday night.
‘As his career has gone on, he’s made some of the adjustments that every pitcher is going to have to go through as they gain years of experience and years of work,’ Farrell told the media Wednesday. ‘The competitive nature that he has ‘ you’re going to see a guy that’s not afraid to talk to himself out there. Whether that’s to fire himself up or whether that’s to rise to the occasion in the moment, and he loves to compete. I think his attitude, his personality will fit, as the vast majority of our clubhouse shares the same approach to the game.
‘Just by hearing him speak last night, this has a chance to be an outstanding fit.’
On the season, Peavy owns a 4.28 ERA and 1.14 WHIP while striking out nearly a batter per inning.
Meanwhile, Corbin is in the midst of a breakout season during his second in the bigs with the Diamondbacks. He had the third-best ERA in the NL (2.24) and fourth-best WHIP (0.99) to go with his 7.7 K/9 rate and 3.42 K/BB mark.
Corbin has been particularly hot of late. He has allowed exactly one earned run in each of his last four starts, fanning 34 in those 28 2/3 innings.
Diamondbacks vs. Peavy (RHP)
Jason Kubel (8 plate appearances): .125 BA/.125 OBP/.500 SLG, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Eric Chavez (6): .167/.167/.167, 3 strikeouts
Gerardo Parra (6): .500/.500/.667, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Cody Ross (6): .200/.333/.800, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 walk
Aaron Hill (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts
Cliff Pennington (3): .000/.000/.000
No other Diamondbacks have faced Peavy.
Red Sox vs. Corbin (LHP)
Shane Victorino (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
No other Red Sox batters have faced Corbin.
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