Scouting Report - Jake Peavy

The Padres are looking to Jake Peavy for game 1 in the post season playoffs and that may be enough to give them a one game lead in the short series.

At just 23, the young 6'1" 180 right handed starter for the San Diego Padres will get perhaps the biggest start of his career Tuesday, when he takes the mound to face the National League Central Division Champions, St. Louis Cardinals.

For years the Padres General Manager Kevin Towers has been insisting that Peavy was the next Greg Maddux and he's starting to live up to the hype.

This season Peavy finished the season with a 13-7 record and a 2.88 ERA for the National League Western Division Champions, the barely .500, San Diego Padres.

At a time when the St. Louis Cardinal starters have struggled, failing to get a quality start in the their last four games, Peavy has been on the top of his game going 5-3 with a 2.14 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Peavy will take the mound and face St. Louis Cardinals staff ace Chris Carpenter, Tuesday at Busch Stadium in game one of the National League Playoffs. Carpenter, is 5-1 with a 4.22 ERA in his last 10 starts, but has failed to pick up a win in his last 5 starts. Carpenter's ERA for the month of September is a bloated 5.73, as compared to Peavy's 2.03 ERA for same period.

The Scouting Report on Peavy is that he has a loose-armed, three-quarters delivery and his fastball ranges from 92-96 MPH. He also has an above average change and a good slider and a curve that he will throw regardless of the count. His best is his change up. He's a Roger Clemens -Bob Gibson type of competitor with great focus who is very dangerous when he gets ahead of the count.

On defense Peavy is adequate fielding his position, if he has a weakness, its his ability to hold base runners because he is too focused on the hitter.

Early in September Peavy was taking anti-inflammatory medicine on his sore right shoulder and missed a few starts. "I don't want to alarm anybody," Peavy told the San Diego Union-Tribune on September the 5th. "I was just a little fatigued and weary."

Peavy appeared on his game in his last start on Monday, September 26th. The right hander pitched eight strong innings, giving up just six hits and just one earned run.

Peavy could spell big trouble for the St. Louis Cardinals. His only start against St. Louis this season was back on July 27. He went eight innings, giving up only two hits and allowing only one run. While he was at it, he struck out 10 batters.

If the Cardinals are looking ahead of the Padres towards Atlanta or Houston, they could find themselves in trouble coming out of game one.

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