The 2007 Cy Young Award winner takes the hill at PhoneCo tonight. This is Peavy's 8th season, he turns 28 at the end of May. He's made 202 starts in his career and has logged a career 120 ERA+. He averages 6.3 IP per start with 103 pitches thrown. Teams bat .232/.298/.375 against him.
Matt Cain is in his 5th season, turns 25 in October, and has 106 starts with a career ERA+ of 119. Matt averages 6.3 IP per start with 105 pitches thrown. Teams bat .231/.312/.370 against him.
Now let's look at the "peripherals" (*SO%, BB%, GB/FB):
PEAVY 24.1, 7.8, 0.74
CAIN 20.1, 10.0, 0.56
I think we all know what our young stud's bugaboo is--WALKS. This season he's got 6 in 13 IP. And we know what makes Peavy an elite pitcher--high strikeouts and lots of ground balls.
I'm looking forward to the match-up. Once again, Cain draws the short straw, having to face one of the best in the game, but I'll bet these guys love that. If Cain had the fans' concern over "Wins and Losses" he'd have gone nuts long ago. I imagine the desire to test yourself against the other team's ace is far more important to a world-class athlete than the statistical details. At least I hope so.
Go Matt! GO GIANTS!!
*strikeouts as pct. of batters faced, walks as pct. batters faced, ground ball to fly ball ratio