After losing for the first time on their 10-game road trip, the playoff-hopeful Padres will turn to the right-hander as they continue a three-game series with the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium.
The Padres have won each of Peavy’s last eight starts and are 14-5 overall in his 19 appearances this season. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 18 of those outings.
“There is such a sense of confidence when he takes the mound,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said of Peavy. “It’s fair to say he’s been our most consistent guy.”
Peavy boasts a 2.22 ERA this season that could easily lead the majors, but the 23-year-old hasn’t pitched enough to qualify for the ERA title. He missed six weeks earlier in the year because of a strained right forearm and has pitched just 113 1-3 innings.
Peavy has helped end two of the Padres’ four losing streaks since the break, including a two-game skid on Monday, when he posted a 9-4 road victory over the New York Mets. He gave up three runs and four hits over 5 1-3 innings, improving to 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his last eight starts.
Peavy hasn’t lost since July 7.
“If you’re going to be a successful team you have to have someone who can be the stopper,” Padres first baseman Phil Nevin said. “Jake’s been that guy this year.”
The Padres had won the first four of this trip and eight of 10 road games overall before Friday’s 10-3 loss. San Diego remained five games behind Los Angeles in the NL West race and two back of the Chicago Cubs for the wild card.
Wilkerson, who homered for the third time in five games, leads Montreal in that category with 25. He is batting .400 (10-for-35) with nine RBIs over his last 10 games.