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Padres Player of the Week: Past and Present: Jake Peavy

Jake Peavy


Biography:

Jacob Edward (Jake) Peavy...he and wife Katie have two children, Jacob Edward II (June 20, 2001) and Wyatt (May 24, 2004)...was set to pitch at Auburn University before signing with the Padres out of high school... graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal (AL) High School and posted a 44-1 record in four seasons...was originally signed by scout Mark Wasinger (Padres).

2007 Career Highlights:

SUMMARY: The unanimous selection for the NL CY Young Award, led the Majors with a 2.54 ERA (63 ER/223.1 IP) and 240 strikeouts, recording a National League-best 19 wins in his 34 starts...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is only the second pitcher in the last 22 years to lead the National League in wins, ERA and strikeouts in the same season, joining Randy Johnson (2002)...also led the National League with a 2.57 road ERA (28 ER/98.0 IP) and finished among NL leaders in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (1st, 9.7), opponents batting average against (2nd, .208), winning percentage (2nd, .760, 19-6), day ERA (2nd, 2.27), night ERA (2nd, 2.66), home ERA (T-3rd, 2.51), and innings pitched (4th, 223.1 IP)...tied for the Major League lead (Dan Haren) with 28 quality starts...established career highs in wins, starts, innings and strikeouts, while six losses tied career low (also 2004)...named Padres Pitcher of the Year after the season.

PITCHER OF THE MONTHS: Named the National League Pitcher of the Month for May, August and September...yielded three earned runs in May, posting a Major League-best 0.79 ERA (3 ER/34.0 IP) in five starts with 39 strikeouts and seven walks during the month...finished May 4-0 while the team was 5-0 in his starts...set a career high for wins in a month in August, going 5-0 with a 1.36 ERA (6 ER/39.2 IP), 53 strikeouts, 14 walks and a .157 opponents batting average in the month...marked just the 14th time that a Padres pitcher has won five or more games in a month, equaling Andy Benes' 1991 mark (also 5-0) for wins in August...went 4-1 with a 3.20 ERA (14 ER/39.1 IP) over six starts in September...in 39.1 innings pitched, permitted 26 hits and 14 runs (all earned) with 10 walks and 37 strikeouts.


ROAD WARRIOR: Led the Majors with a .909 (10-1) winning percentage on the road while posting a NLbest 2.57 ERA...his loss on 9/5 at Chase Field in Arizona marked his first on the road since 9/8/06 at SF...is 12-1 with a 2.66 ERA (34 ER/115.0 IP) in his past 18 road outings since 9/13/06 at CIN.

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Notched a career-high, seven-game win streak 7/27-9/1, posting a 1.17 ERA (7 ER/53.2 IP) with 70 strikeouts compared to 17 walks over eight starts during that span...San Diego was 7-1 in those eight games...streak snapped on 9/5 at ARI, working on three days rest for the third time in his career.

STRIKEOUT KING: Became the Padres all-time strikeout leader with his 1,037th career strikeout in the first inning on 8/27 vs. ARI (Orlando Hudson)...also - after beginning the season in a tie with Andy Benes for first on the franchise list with 15 career games with 10 or more strikeouts - became the club's all-time leader for career 10+ strikeout games when he fanned 16 batters on 4/25 at ARI...finished the year with a Major League-best nine contests with 10 or more strikeouts, 24 for his career...tallied his 1,000th career strikeout in the fourth inning against the Diamondbacks on 8/2 at PETCO Park.


ALL-STAR START: Selected by vote of National League players to his second All-Star Game (also 2005)...is the third Padres pitcher ever to start the All-Star Game, joining Randy Jones (1976) and Lamar Hoyt (1985)... pitched 1.0 inning and faced four batters, allowing one hit on 7/10 at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

KEEPING THEM IN THE PARK: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 84.0 homerless-innings streak was the second longest in the Majors in 2007 (86.1, Saul Rivera, WSH), not allowing a home run from 4/19 vs. ARI (Young, 5th inning) until 6/30 vs. LA (Garciaparra, 5th inning)...marked the seventh longest homerless streak by a Padres pitcher in franchise history and the longest since Gary Lucas threw 96.0 homerless frames, 4/12/81 (10th inning)-4/21/82 (8th inning)...the franchise record for consecutive homerless innings pitched is 132.0 by Dave Roberts in 1971 (4/30-7/20, 8th inning).


SWEET 16: Equaled his own club record with 16 strikeouts on 4/25 at ARI, but did not get a decision in a 3-2 loss...struck out a club-record nine consecutive batters from the second inning through the fourth, falling one short of Tom Seaver's Major League record (4/22/70 vs. SD)...previous club record for consecutive strikeouts in a game was six, shared by four pitchers...his 16 strikeouts over 7.0 frames also tied the modern Major League record for strikeouts in a game by a pitcher who worked no more than 7.0 innings...also fanned 16 in 7.0 innings on 5/22/06 vs. Atlanta...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other pitcher with 16 Ks in an outing of 7.0 innings or fewer was Randy Johnson, who did it three times during the 2001 season.







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