Jake Peavy was named American League Pitcher of the Month for April in Monday, the fifth monthly award of his career and his first as a White Sox.
Peavy, 30, who appears to be all the way back from major surgery to re-attach a torn lat muscle, is 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA, 33 strikeouts, two complete games and one shutout in five starts. He led the AL in ERA, opponents average (.162) and complete games.
"Obviously I feel very blessed to win the award,'' Peavy said before the Sox played the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. "It's a nice thing but at the same time I can't look back on that. We have a long way to go and we have a big start Friday night against a division opponent [Detroit] in their ballpark.''
Over his last three starts totaling 25 innings, Peavy has allowed two runs. He has allowed 21 hits in 37 innings, including a total of 13 hits over his last four starts. Peavy has allowed two runs in 25 innings over his last three starts. He also threw complete games in back-to-back starts for the first time in his career.
"I'm healthy,'' Peavy said. "I'm not doing anything different than I ever have. Obviously, [compared to] the San Diego [Padres] days the velocity is maybe a tick or so down. But if you watch other guys pitch who have the same miles, everyone slows down. And you go through the times I've went through you learn a little about pitching. Mixing and matching and experience goes a long way. To be healthy and worry about nothing but executing a game plan is nice.''
The Sox already have three AL honors this season. Philip Humber, who starts Wednesday night's game against the Indians at U.S. Celllar Field, was named AL Player of the Week for April after throwing a perfect game on April 21 at Seattle. Paul Konerko received the honor last week.