Peavy willing to work in relief if needed

Peavy willing to work in relief if needed
October 10, 2013, 7:30 pm
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BOSTON – In ALDS Game 4 on Tuesday night, Rays manager Joe Maddon brought Matt Moore – his Game 1 starter – into the game in the third inning.  Late in the game, he had Game 2 starter David Price warming up.
 
With the Rays on the brink of elimination, Maddon was using every available weapon.  It’s a situation Red Sox manager John Farrell has contemplated – bringing one of his starting pitchers into a game out of the bullpen. Felix Doubront and Ryan Dempster, starters in the regular season, began the postseason in the bullpen. Would Farrell consider using one of his postseason starters in relief if it meant giving his team a chance to live to fight another day?
 
“Certainly open-minded to it, yes,” Farrell said. “But it's going to be dependent upon usage of guys leading up to that. If we get into an extra-inning game, who's available the next day.

"All those things we would typically look at during the regular season, but we’re certainly open to it. And I know if you were to ask Jake Peavy, he would thrive on the opportunity of coming out of the bullpen.”
 
Peavy has made 306 appearances in his 12-season career – just one out of the bullpen. That was in 2011 with the White Sox, when he entered in the fifth inning on June 25 against the Nationals. He went four scoreless innings, striking out seven giving up just one hit. He would have no qualms, he said, working out of the bullpen. Especially at this time of year.
 
“Of course, and I’m excited about it being talked about and discussed as being something we talked about,” he said. “I certainly think that I could help out of the bullpen if need be and almost in that simulated game [last week] I threw out of the stretch exclusively for those two innings and wanted to face our main hitters to kind of have that mentality just in case that was to happen. Being the Game 4 starter or so, that’s something that could be a possibility in these first few games, and then certainly in Game 6 and 7. So, I have my spikes on, I’m ready to do whatever John or anybody on this team asks.
 
“It’s obviously a little bit different of a mentality but it’s the mentality that we have as starters the third time through the lineup and really in the latter part of the game," Peavy said. "So you have that mentality -- you just don’t have it to start the game. You have it trying to get through and use all your pitches. It doesn’t matter the situation, you’re all in at the moment. You’re not trying to save anything for another at-bat or later on in the game. You’re in that situation straight out of the bullpen. So I think that we all as starters, we’ve pitched deep into games and finished games. You have that mentality, just can’t start a game with that mentality or you’ll be in trouble in a hurry and really tired. So I don’t think it would be that big of a deal for me to get that. It’s something I’d really look forward to if that situation arises.”