Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy has led a charmed life so far this season, and the mistakes he has been making have yet to catch up with him. His luck, at least as far as his own earned run statistics, continued during Tuesday night's contest against the Chicago White Sox, even if a lack of run support prevented him from adding a victory to his win-loss record; the Boston Red Sox fell 2-1 to the Chicago White Sox in a low-scoring affair.
In his 6.0 innings of work, Peavy was only charged with allowing one earned run, which came off a solo home run he allowed to Adam Dunn, but one should not confuse his sterling game ERA of 1.50 with the thinking that he pitched well. Fortunate would be a better way to describe Peavy's performance since that lone earned run he allowed did not reflect his true pitching.
Although Peavy only faced 25 batters, he distributed four walks, which were not offset entirely by the eight strikeouts he recorded. The White Sox also hit safely on three occasions, giving them seven base runners while Peavy was on the mound.
Where Peavy really excelled was in digging himself out of the holes he so needlessly put himself in, posting a left on-base percentage of 100.0 percent since it is impossible to strand a home run hitter. No other White Sox hitter who reached base touched home plate, but having to limit the damage base runners do is a treatment-based system of pitching. It is better to prevent them from ever reaching base.
For that reason, his inability to stop himself from distributing free passes to opposing batters and also the fly ball that became a home run once it left the bat of Dunn saddled Peavy with a more unsightly 4.63 fielding-independent ERA and 3.90 expected fielding-independent ERA. While not terrible marks, they do provide some indication that Peavy was not entirely reliable on the mound.
Still, Peavy was a lot more reliable and a lot more competent at his job than were the Red Sox hitters, who only managed a .100 BA/.206 OBP/.200 SLG/.196 wOBA and a -.521 win probability added. This season, we have yet to witness the vaunted Red Sox offense performing consistently well and their struggles continued on Tuesday and paved the way for the team to lose the game, even if it was Burke Badenhop who was saddled with the loss after giving up the deciding run in his lone inning of work.
The season is only 14 games long for the Red Sox so their offensive woes are not a gargantuan issue, but if they want to right the ship and win more games, then they will need to put in fewer performances like the one they had on Tuesday and tap more into their 2013 offensive production. Until then, their pitchers will continue to be let down by a lack of run support.