Jake Peavy on MFB: Jon Lester 'deserves every bit of what he's got coming' in next contract

June 18, 2014 - 9:17 am
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Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy joined Middays with MFB Wednesday before the Sox' afternoon game with the Twins. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Teammate Jon Lester pitched another solid game Tuesday night, leading the Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Twins. Lester appears headed to free agency after negotiations with the team got nowhere, and he's putting himself in good position by pitching like an ace. "I certainly can't imagine the Red Sox letting this kid walk," Peavy said. "You can't go get that, you can't go buy what he brings to the table. This guy, he's one of you. He's home-grown here. ... He is the Boston Red Sox present day, he is a core staple to that. [Dustin] Pedroia, [David] Ortiz, he's another one of your guys. He's as good as anybody in the game. This guy deserves every bit of what he's got coming." Added Peavy: "The Red Sox have got to be thinking that the more times he keeps going out there unsigned, all it's doing is costing more money at the end of the day. I hate to say it like that, but the longer he goes out there unsigned the more money he's going to get. This kid is special, special. The Boston Red Sox are lucky to have him, we're lucky to have him as a teammate. Hopefully he stays in Boston." The Red Sox have struggled to win consistently for much of the past month. They've endured a 10-game losing streak, a 2-7 road trip and a pair of deflating one-run loses to the Indians this past weekend. For Peavy, the inconsistency has been tiresome. "It's frustrating to win and lose. It's frustrating to lose the games we feel like we should've won," Peavy said. "On the homestand we'€™re 4-2 and could easily be 6-0 with a few plays going a little bit different against Cleveland Saturday and Sunday, losing two of those one-run games. Give us five of those one-run games and you'€™re looking at us being in second place alone, knocking on Toronto'€™s door." The struggles have been equally apparent for Peavy himself. The right-hander hasn't won a start since April 25 and had a 6.69 ERA in his six starts prior to Saturday's no-decision against the Indians. Peavy did show some progress in Saturday's outing, however. He allowed just one run over six innings, but didn't get enough run support in the Sox' 3-2 loss to Cleveland. "I'€™m starting to feel a whole lot better on the mound," he said. "I struggled through some -- not injury by any means, just not feeling so well, and you'€™re trying to get the body to feel a little bit better to have a little bit more in the tank and be able to do a little bit more with the baseball. "I feel a whole lot better. My last start I felt about as good as I have a month. I was able to compete and grind through and make some big pitches when I need to. Previous to that, it was a rough month. Just couldn't get the ball to bounce our way, really as a team and obviously on my fifth day." Peavy will look to get back in the win column when he takes the ball Thursday night against the Athletics. "Bottom line is I'€™m tired of losing. The other day I just gave up one run in six innings but still the team lost that start," he said. At this point in time in my career, I tell everybody, I'm not playing for any other alternative motive other than to win. I've been so very fortunate to make a good living in this game, I've won some personal awards and then last year having a chance to win a world championship. "That's all I show up to do. That's all I care about doing is wining on my fifth day. I'€™m going to try to see if I can get that started on Thursday and start rolling." Thursday's game in Oakland will be the first of a 10-game road trip for the Sox that includes stops in Seattle and New York. The four games against the A's, who are tied for the best record in baseball, may be their toughest test in that span. "I think Oakland'€™s a well put-together ball club. Over the last few days I've been getting ready to face those guys, going through each individual guy, going through what I think their team scheme is," Peavy said. "These guys draw more walks than anybody in the American League, they have guys who can do damage, they have some speed guys at the top, they play incredible defense, they pitch their rear ends off. "They're a complete team with a great skipper as well. Bob Melvin does a great job, so we've got our hands full going there, Seattle and obviously New York. It'€™s a long road trip." As a starting pitcher, Peavy is well aware of the depth the Red Sox are building in their rotation. With Felix Doubront and Clay Buchholz working toward returns from injury, Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa have filled in nicely, giving the Sox an influx of talent and big decisions to make when their veterans return. "I said in spring training I've never seen as much talent as we had in the room, especially on the pitching side of the ball, just because I've spent so much time with these guys," Peavy said. "There'€™s so much talent in the minor leagues and this organization is in good hands for years to come on the pitching side of things if the guys keep progressing. "But we've got to turn back a year ago and realize that Clay Buchholz was the best pitcher in the game and we've got to do everything we can to get him right, because if we're going to be the team that we need to be Clay needs to be a part. ... We need him and Felix both to come back and help in a big way."
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