Still bothered by an injured right middle finger, Peavy will look to remain undefeated against the Phillies when the teams open their weekend set.
The hard-throwing right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in a pair of starts against the Phillies, but has not faced them since 2003. In that time, Philadelphia has dominated San Diego, winning seven straight, including a three-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park from July 22-24.
Peavy’s middle finger was injured during a freak accident in batting practice last Friday at Washington. He went on to fire a five-hitter with 10 strikeouts in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Nationals.
“The finger’s almost completely healed,” Peavy said. “It’s still a little sore in the tip of the finger, but it looks like I’m going to keep the nail.”
The 24-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 29 strikeouts over his last three outings. Peavy is 5-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 12 home starts.
“I want to be out there for the boys,” Peavy said. “We’ve got it back going. I like being out there as much as possible.”
San Diego won for the seventh time in nine games with a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday. The game featured a scary moment when Mets outfielders Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran suffered a violent head-to-head collision in the seventh inning diving for a ball off the bat of David Ross.
Cameron broke his nose, had multiple fractures of both cheekbones and a slight concussion.
“You see hard hits on catchers, but nothing like that,” Ross said. “It’s rough. It seems like we beat up on their lineup. Their catcher (Ramon Castro) got some foul tips. Cliff Floyd took one off the knee. They’re banged up. I just hope those guys are all right.”
Philadelphia is poised to have a good trip to southern California for the second straight season. The Phillies, who took two of three from the Dodgers prior to this series, went 5-1 from Aug. 3-8, 2004, at San Diego and Los Angeles.
Phillies starter Jon Lieber is 8-4 with a 4.54 ERA in 19 career appearances, including 17 starts, against the Padres. The veteran right-hander will be making his first start at Petco Park.
Lieber is 3-6 with a 4.87 ERA in 12 road starts this season.