Jake Peavy reached a pitching milestone in the San Francisco Giants’ 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. Peavy recorded his 2,000th strikeout, good for 71st on the all-time strikeout list.
Peavy is the fifth active pitcher with 2,000 strikeouts; he joins C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Bartolo Colon, and current teammate Tim Hudson. Hudson accomplished the pitching feat himself last Wednesday, just days before Peavy.
The Giants acquired Peavy in a trade with the Boston Red Sox at the end of July in exchange for minor league pitchers Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar. Peavy was dealt to help with the rotation in the Giants’ playoff run, while Boston was unloading their payroll and stocking up to prepare for 2015.
Peavy may or may not be a member of the Giants after this season, but his achievement comes with potential left in the tank. He is 34 years old and has been in the Major Leagues for 11 years. It is safe to say that he is at the back end of his career, but with four or five more solid years, Peavy could be pushing for 2,500 career strikeouts by the time he retires.
Having those milestone numbers is always important in debates for Cooperstown. I am nowhere close to advocating Jake Peavy as a potential Hall of Fame candidate, but 2,000 strikeouts is nothing to be ashamed about either.