White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for April after leading the AL in ERA, opponents' batting average and complete games through his first five starts of the season.
This is the fifth career monthly award for Peavy, and the first for a White Sox pitcher since Gavin Floyd won in June 2010. The 30-year-old right-hander went 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA, 33 strikeouts, two complete games and one shutout during the month. All five of his outings were quality starts, tied for the AL lead, and he tossed one shutout.
"It's certainly exciting to be back healthy and doing what I had done before getting here," Peavy said. "That's something I feel blessed to be able to do. But at the same time, one month doesn't prove anything. It shows, hopefully, I'm healthy and can put together a few more like this one and call it a good year."
Peavy's 1.67 ERA is the third-best monthly mark of his career, behind the 0.79 ERA he posted in May 2007 and the 1.36 he recorded in August '07.
While Peavy was dominant all month, he has been especially effective over his past three starts, allowing just two runs in 25 innings, including a streak of 17 consecutive scoreless frames from April 18-28.
He has thrown back-to-back complete games for the first time in his career, making him the first White Sox hurler to accomplish the feat since Mark Buehrle on July 17 and July 23, 2010.
"Jake's been pitching like that all year," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Saturday after Peavy allowed one run in nine innings. "He just continues to impress and pitch brilliantly."
Peavy was honored three times in 2007, when he was a unanimous choice for the National League Cy Young Award, and once in '04. His award is the third AL honor received by the White Sox in 2012. After throwing the 21st perfect game in Major League history on April 21, Philip Humber was named AL Player of the Week, and Paul Konerko received the same honor last week.
"I'm really not doing anything different than I ever have done," Peavy said. "Obviously, back in the San Diego days, velocity-wise I may be a tick or so down. But if you watch other guys pitch who have been in the league kind of the same time I have and have the mileage, everybody slows down a bit. When you go through the times I went through, you learn a little bit about pitching and mixing and matching and experience -- experience goes a long way."