Given an extra day of rest, Jake Peavy will look to extend his unbeaten streak when the San Diego Padres meet undefeated Brandon Webb and the Arizona Diamondbacks in the deciding game of their series.
Peavy is 7-0 with a 2.06 ERA over his last 12 starts dating to last season. The 24-year-old right-hander was slated to start Wednesday, but the Padres gave Darrell May the ball in order to give Peavy an extra day off.
In his last outing, Peavy yielded three hits and struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings in a 6-1 win at Seattle last Friday. Peavy has struck out at least seven in eight of his nine starts.
San Diego is 8-1 with Peavy on the mound this season.
“That’s something I’m taking pride in, and other pitchers on our staff are taking pride in, too,” Peavy said. “Wins are nice, but sometimes you can’t control that. You come out of a game with a lead or tied, and you might not get credit for the win. But if your team gets the ‘W,’ that’s what counts.”
This will be Peavy’s third start against Arizona this season. He has no record and a 2.40 ERA, including an outing in Phoenix on April 23 in which he allowed one run and four hits over seven innings in San Diego’s 2-1 loss—the only game the Padres have dropped that Peavy has started.
Peavy will match up with another one of the game’s top young right-handers in Webb, who is one win shy of matching Randy Johnson’s club-record 7-0 start from 2000. Webb is matching up with Peavy for the third time, going 0-0 with a 3.21 ERA in the first two outings.
Webb carried a no-hitter in the seventh inning of Friday’s 6-2 win at Detroit. He left the game after surrendering two runs and six hits over eight as the Diamondbacks improved to 7-2 in his outings.
“We are kind of spoiled by this kid,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “We see this kind of thing a lot with him. For a sinkerballer, he can really strike guys out.”
The 26-year-old is 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA in seven career starts against San Diego.
Arizona right fielder Shawn Green did not start on Wednesday due to a scheduled day off. Green is hitting .267 (8-for-30) in eight games against San Diego this season.
“It’s a mental blow for him,” Melvin said of the day off. “Shawn grinds pretty hard. You can’t tell to look at him, but he’s a very accountable guy and he wants to do well, and these guys can beat up themselves a little bit at times.”