Jake Peavy: Underrated Or Overrated?

James Stephens Jr.Contributor IJune 13, 2009

SAN DIEGO - APRIL 06:  Pitcher Jake Peavy #44 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 6, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.  The Dodgers won 4-1.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Jake Peavy is San Diego's treasure in the pitching position. Many people believe that this so called "super star" is the answer to San Diego's victories, but what are the reasons he is believed to be overrated or underrated?

Peavy has a career ERA under 3.50 and has had 4 seasons under 3. One of these years he had won the CY Young award, having leading the league in wins, strike-outs, and having the lowest ERA.

In a struggling start to this season, Peavy having an ERA just shy of 4, looks to improve all aspects of his pitching before the All-Star voting ends.

Peavy has been completely overrated in the aspect of being a strike-out machine. The media completely over looks the fact that winning and your ERA are the most important aspect of pitching, instead of being a strike-out pitching Pitcher.

Now that Peavy has been placed of the 15 day DL his chances of being a CY Young winner or even an All-Star are dimming down.

This injury will determine how he finishes this season loosing at least 3 chances to lower his ERA, increase his strike-outs, and increase his win ratio.

To look up more of Peavy's stats go to http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/stats/individual_stats_player.jsp?c_id=sd&playerID=408241.

Many questions are to be asked, but the main one is, how will he come of this injury?