Friday’s Red Sox-Royals matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Ervin Santana

August 09, 2013 - 5:20 am
Jake Peavy was traded from the White Sox to the Red Sox a week and a half ago, but he won'€™t escape the AL Central that easily. The 32-year-old right-hander will make his second start with his new team Friday night at Kauffman Stadium against the Royals and a fellow righty, Ervin Santana. If his Red Sox debut is any indication, Peavy (9-4, 4.14 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) should fare just fine against the Royals. He went seven innings against the Diamondbacks in a 5-2 win, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven, departing from the mound to a standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd. '€œTruly, from the bottom of my heart, it'€™s something I'€™ll never forget,'€ Peavy said afterward of the ovation. '€œTo be welcomed that way, for them to show their appreciation, I hope every last person knows that from the bottom of my heart. My family was here tonight, and it was something special.'€ Peavy also showed his trademark fiery personality on the mound, much to the delight of manager John Farrell. '€œIt'€™s a breathe of fresh air,'€ Farrell told the media. '€œIt'€™s just raw competitive spirit. It'€™s new to us, much like Koji [Uehara] was at the beginning of the year. Guys take note of it, and they appreciate just his 100 percent competitive spirit. It'€™s great. '€œOutstanding debut for us. A number of swing-and-misses, with three different pitches '€” fastball, cutter and his slider. He was efficient and as advertised. Strong competitor. Made a couple of big pitches when he needed to.'€ For Peavy, the Diamondbacks game is part of a larger stretch in which he owns a 3.60 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in three starts since returning from a broken rib. The Royals saw Peavy once previously this year, the second game of the season on April 3. Peavy allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings, fanning six and walking none. He threw 71 percent of his pitches for strikes. Santana, meanwhile, has been strong in his first season with Kansas City. A 2.97 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 3.53 K/BB rate are all considerably better than his career average. Since mid-July '€” around the time Peavy returned from injury '€” Santana owns a 1.27 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 28 1/3 innings spanning four starts. In his only game against the Red Sox '€” a 4-2 win on April 21 '€” Santana went seven strong, allowed two runs on six hits while collecting seven punchouts. Red Sox vs. Santana (RHP) David Ortiz (32 plate appearances): .333 BA/.438 OBP/.667 SLG, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, 4 walks, 12 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (25): .174/.240/.261, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Mike Carp (24): .250/.375/.400, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (21): .286/.286/.429, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (20): .167/.250/.500, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Mike Napoli (20): .333/.400/.944, 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Daniel Nava (9): .111/.111/.111, 3 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8): .143/.250/.571, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Stephen Drew (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Shane Victorino (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk Brock Holt, Ryan Lavarnway and Brandon Snyder have never faced Santana. Royals vs. Peavy (RHP) Billy Butler (34 plate appearances): .400 BA/.471 OBP/.733 SLG, 1 double, 3 home runs, 8 RBIs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts Alex Gordon (26): .360/.385/.440, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts Mike Moustakas (22): .211/.227/.263, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Eric Hosmer (21): .167/.286/.333, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts Alcides Escobar (19): .368/.368/.789, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Miguel Tejada (9): .444/.444/.556, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Jarrod Dyson (6): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeouts Lorenzo Cain (5): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Brett Hayes, Elliot Johnson, George Kottaras, David Lough and Justin Maxwell have never faced Peavy.