Peavy takes the mound Friday when the Padres open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies in a matchup between two of the NL’s worst teams.
Peavy (8-7, 2.59 ERA) has allowed one run in each of his last two starts and he is 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA in his last six. The NL ERA leader and reigning league Cy Young Award winner pitched seven innings last Saturday against the Giants, allowing five hits while striking out seven in the 2-0 loss.
“I probably shouldn’t be talking to you guys right now,” Peavy told the Padres’ official Web site. “I’m going to keep grinding at it, but it’s tough to stay positive.”
Peavy has the sixth-lowest run support average among NL starters at 3.7. The Padres (44-71) have averaged 3.1 runs of support in his last six outings.
“I am as frustrated as I have ever been,” Peavy said.
Peavy hasn’t enjoyed any recent success against the Rockies, going 0-3 with a 5.06 ERA in his last seven outings against them. In two starts against them this season, he has allowed three runs and 11 hits over a combined 14 innings, but is 0-1 in those games.
The Padres open this series tied with Washington for the NL’s worst record after losing two of three to the Mets this week. They lost for the sixth time in their last eight games following a 5-3 loss Thursday despite Jody Gerut’s third homer in as many games and Chase Headley’s second homer in two games.
Gerut is one of the few Padres hitting well recently, batting .321 (9-for-28) with four homers and six RBIs in his last seven games. He’s just 4-for-25 (.160) against Colorado this season, though.
The Rockies (52-65), who have the fourth-worst mark in the NL, lost three of four in their home series against the lowly Nationals. They were swept in a doubleheader on Thursday, losing both games by scores of 6-3, further hurting their hopes of returning to the postseason.
The Rockies have lost seven of 11 after winning nine of their previous 10 games. They have won five of the nine meetings against the Padres this season, including two of three at home.
Glendon Rusch (4-3, 5.47) takes the mound against one of his former teams when he starts Friday for the Rockies.
Rusch made 12 relief appearances for San Diego this season before being released. He signed a minor league contract with the Rockies on May 17 and has made six starts and one relief appearance, going 3-1 with a 4.91 ERA.
The left-hander pitched 5 1-3 innings on Sunday against the Marlins, allowing two runs and six hits in a 3-2 win. He did not factor in the decision.
Rusch is 1-2 with a 3.99 ERA in seven starts and four relief appearances against the Padres. His last start against them was in 2005.