Statistic #2: Brad Peacock’s K/9
We may be witnessing an unexpected turnaround from Peacock in 2017. You see, the Astros have attempted to make Peacock an effective starting pitcher since he was acquired from Oakland in the original Jed Lowrie trade. And the results through 44 major league starts have not been optimal.
So, what do the Astros decide to do? Convert him to reliever, of course. And thus far, in the small sample size of 5.2 innings, the results have been interesting.
For example, Peacock’s 12.71 K/9 is currently the third-highest on the team. Only Chris Devenski (17.00 K/9) and Ken Giles (16.20 K/9) is better. There is no guarantee, or past history at the major league level, that states that this is sustainable. And 5.2 innings is still way too small of a sample to make any definitive statement. All I’m saying is if he can post strikeout numbers on par with Giles, and perhaps Devenski, we should probably pay attention.