Brad Peacock has been more than a cup of coffee guy as far as major league experience goes. He has been up for a number of meals, they have just not been very good on the whole. This is the sixth season that he has made an appearance in the major leagues, but the only extended times he has spent in the majors (83.1 IP in 2013 and 131.2 IP in 2014) with the Astros he pitched pretty poorly (5.18 ERA and 4.72 ERA respectively).
Even though he was a 41st round signee by the Nats back in 2006, he worked his way up to become the 36th rated prospect in all of baseball in the 2012 preseason by Baseball America. He was part of two fairly high-profile trades – to the A’s with others for Gio Gonzalez and again with Max Stassi and Chris Carter to the Astros for Jed Lowrie.
He has struggled through injuries. He has struggled with having small tastes of the majors (263 IP before this season) and big gulps of the minors (927 IP heading into 2017). If Colin McHugh had been healthy coming out of spring training this year, his bullpen spot probably would have belonged to Mike Fiers and he would have been back in the minors or gone.
But Peacock came into the season with his own good health and a new, sharper slider thanks to Jordan Jankowski, who ironically just was called up this week as bullpen insurance with Peacock taking a spot start.
Peacock has been Devenski-strong coming out of the bullpen this season and after that 4.1 IP, ten K, one hit effort Monday night his numbers are pristine. In 13 games he has pitched 20.1 IP, has a 0.82 ERA, a 0.968 WHIP and 30 Ks. He has a career WAR of 1.3 and 0.8 of that has come in the first 7 weeks of this season.
Both Mike Fiers (5.17 ERA and a major league leading 17 HRs allowed) and Joe Musgrove (5.63 ERA and 1.554 WHIP) have been inconsistent and a threat to not make it through the early innings in many or their starts.
Is it time to flip-flop bottom of the rotation starters? Could they slide Keuchel back in at one of those two spots when he is ready to go and let Peacock pitch on 4 days rest in Keuchel’s old spot?
At the very least a change is tempting.