Peavy pitched capably in the Classic, working three scoreless innings in the opening win over Mexico and going five innings in a victory over Japan, yielding three earned runs on five hits, walking one and striking out three.His satisfaction was tempered somewhat when Team USA was unable to reach the final round in his home ballpark. Mexico came back to beat the Americans in a rematch, enabling eventual champion Japan to move on to the semifinals. "The intensity of those games was even [higher] than regular-season games," Peavy said. "I knew I was going to get back and have at least a start or two. It was good to get back with the boys and get started. I really like what we have here. "We have a lot of new faces around here, and that's exciting, in a sense. The [National League West] is going to be a great division this year, so we have our work cut out for us trying to repeat." Peavy's biggest immediate challenge -- aside from the Giants' offense -- is developing a rapport with the club's new catchers, veterans Mike Piazza and Doug Mirabelli. Peavy spent the past two seasons throwing primarily to Ramon Hernandez, who departed for Baltimore via free agency.
"That always takes a little time, getting comfortable with each other," said manager Bruce Bochy, who formed a lot of pitching bonds in his career as a catcher. "Mike and Doug are guys who have been around and handled some quality pitching staffs, so they'll work it out.
"I don't worry about Jake. He's going to do whatever it takes to be successful."Pitching through an assortment of ailments, including several of the freak nature, Peavy was 13-7 in '05 with a 2.88 ERA. With better run support, he easily could have surpassed his 15-win total (against six losses) of '04, when his 2.27 ERA was baseball's best. Peavy's 216 strikeouts in 203 innings last season made him the league leader, but he'd just as soon strike out fewer men, getting outs earlier in counts. "I'm out there to get outs, any way I can," he said. Peavy's arsenal includes two-seam and four-seam fastballs, getting into the 94 mph range, along with a hard-biting slider and a changeup that can be devastating. Peavy is 6-3 with a 3.31 career ERA against the Giants. He was 1-0 in three starts against them last season, fashioning a 1.71 ERA. In the matchup sure to attract everyone's attention, Peavy has a fair share of success against Barry Bonds. The Giants superstar is a .250 career hitter against Peavy with all five of his hits -- three homers and two doubles -- for extra bases, picking up four RBIs. Bonds has 11 walks and five strikeouts against the Padres' ace. Pitching matchup
SF: RHP Jason Schmidt
12-7, 4.40 ERA in 2005
0-2, 7.58 ERA in 2005 vs. SD
10-8, 4.76 ERA lifetime vs. SD SD: RHP Jake Peavy
13-7, 2.88 ERA in 2005
1-0, 1.71 ERA in 2005 vs. SF
6-3, 3.31 ERA lifetime vs. SF
|Padres probable lineup|
Official game notes On television
SF: FSN, ESPN2
SD: Ch. 4, ESPN2
SF: KNBR 680
SD: XPRS AM 1090, XEMO 860 AM (Español)
Tuesday: vs. San Francisco, 7:05 p.m. PT
Wednesday: vs. San Francisco, 7:05 p.m. PT
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.