Think about pitchers such as Sandy Koufax, Steve Carlton, Randy Johnson and Dwight Gooden for a minute.
What do they have in common?
Since 1940, they are the only men to lead the league in wins, earned run average and strikeouts.
There could soon be an addition to their exclusive club … or have you not noticed the type season Jake Peavy of the Padres is having?
Peavy leads the National League in wins (16), ERA (2.10) and strikeouts (206).
If he isn’t the frontrunner for the NL Cy Young award in 2007, then Mr. Ed wasn’t a talking horse.
Now, the Padres will try something unique by pitching Peavy on three days’ rest tonight at Arizona.
No less an expert than Tony Gwynn questioned the move on Channel 4 San Diego’s telecast last night and probably for good reason. Peavy was originally scheduled to pitch Friday night against Colorado, a much better hitting team than Arizona.
So far, everything has turned up roses for Peavy this year.
We’ll see if starting him tonight is a panic move or another in a long series of decisions by Manager Bud Black that turned out golden in 2007.