Friday, April 29, 2011
Posted: 10:43 p.m.
By Jeremy Lynn
Jake Peavy was back on the mound Friday night for Triple-A Charlotte, and took possibly his biggest step towards making his first major-league start of 2011.
Pitching for the first time since leaving a start for Double-A Birmingham with soreness in his surgically repaired lattisimus dorsi area on April 18, Peavy threw 85 pitches, allowing three runs on eight hits including a homer. He struck out eight and walked none.
"I gave up a few runs, a two-run homer late, but I made a lot of good pitches," Peavy told the Chicago Tribune. "I couldn't feel any better stuff-wise. I thought I was much better than I've been in the past. I feel better than I have in quite some time."
Peavy is set to make another start Wednesday for Double-A Birmingham, and if all goes well he could join the White Sox rotation in time to make a start on Chicago's west coast trip that begins in Seattle and goes on to Anaheim early May 9-11.
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It seems like an annual talking point at this time in the offseason: Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is one of the best yet most underrated players in Chicago. His performance in 2019 continued that career narrative.
Goldman finished the year making 15 starts with 29 tackles and one sack. He earned the eighth-highest Pro Football Focus grade among all Bears defenders and remained the consistent run-stopping force in the center of Chicago’s defensive line.
To be fair, Goldman wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2018, when his 89.1 PFF grade was one of the best at his position in the NFL. But in terms of his role with the Bears, he’s irreplaceable.
Goldman is entering the third year of a four-year, $42 million contract and will quickly become a source of contract negotiations once again. If he has another strong season in 2020, GM Ryan Pace will have little choice but to lock him up on another extension. Sure, that seems like it’s way down the road, but big-time defensive linemen get paid big-time contracts; Pace has to be prepared. There are currently six defensive tackles making at least $14 million per season.
Quality nose tackles are hard to find. They don’t fill up the stat sheet and rarely do they ever become league-wide superstars; but the Bears’ defense simply wouldn’t possess the upside it does without Goldman anchoring the defensive line, and that remained true in 2019.