SEATTLE — Jake Peavy has a 4.52 earned run average through 15 starts, one of the highest in the American League. He also has allowed 14 home runs.
But what bothers Peavy the most is that the Red Sox are 5-10 in the games he starts. In his last eight starts, the Sox have won once.
“It’s not me and I know that,” Peavy said Monday night before the Red Sox were routed by the Mariners, 12-3. “I just want to win. Me personally, my own record doesn’t matter. But I want my team to find a way to win on my day.
“That’s what you take pride in as a starting pitcher, what happens on your day.”
Peavy, who starts on Tuesday night, has not personally won a game since April 25.
“You know what? I’m in good mental health. That doesn’t bother me, my record. I’m just trying to clean up the little things that are costing us games,” he said.
Manager John Farrell is encouraged that Peavy has cut down on the number of runners he has put on base. The righthander walked 25 in his first seven starts but only 11 since.
“It’s about going out and locating with the consistency that he’s capable of,” Farrell said.
There are other positive signs. Peavy has given up four earned runs over his last 12⅓ innings, in games against the Indians and Athletics. But the Sox were beaten, 3-2, by Cleveland and 4-2 by Oakland.
Peavy is encouraged by his work in the bullpen, particularly regaining the touch on his changeup.
“I feel like I have all four of my pitches as weapons now,” he said. “It’s going to make it a lot easier for me to maneuver my way through a lineup. I can use everything now and there’s no excuse not to.”
Peavy also is feeling better physically. He did not go detail but said a lot of nagging injuries have impacted his performance.
“It’s nice to have your body not in recovery mode. I’ve been bouncing back,” he said. “I’m OK now.”
Peavy, 33, is in his 13th major league season and will be a free agent after the year.
“I have no idea what will happen once we’re done this year,” he said. “I’m day to day with life in general. That’s really it. We’ll see what happens. But for now, I want us to win these games I pitch and I need to do everything in my power to make that happen.”
Victorino in swing
After a five-day break to receive treatment on his various ailments, right fielder Shane Victorino was 0 for 3 for Single A Lowell and played five innings in the field.
Victorino is 0 for 9 in four minor league games since starting a rehabilitation assignment. He has been on the disabled list since May 24 with a right hamstring strain.
Victorino is scheduled for play for Triple A Pawtucket at McCoy Stadium Tuesday night. He then would be reevaluated.
“That’s the tentative plan right now,” Farrell said. “Before we determine an exact activation date, we’re taking it in smaller steps.”
Farrell said there was a possibility Victorino could be activated in New York this weekend. The Sox start a three-game series against the Yankees Friday.
It seems obvious that the Red Sox will activate Clay Buchholz off the disabled list to start Wednesday against Hisashi Iwakuma. But Farrell is delaying announcing it.
“He’s a strong candidate for that. But we’ve still got to wait a day or two to get to that point,” Farrell said.
The Red Sox could be waiting to make sure Buchholz remains healthy. Or the team may be investigating trade options that would allow them to keep Brandon Workman or Rubby De La Rosa in the rotation.
Workman served the last day of his six-game suspension on Monday. He was disciplined by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria on May 30.
Workman will pitch in a simulated game Tuesday afternoon, a sign the Red Sox will not insert him into the rotation any time soon. Barring some other roster adjustment, the Red Sox likely would option Workman or De La Rosa to make room for Buchholz on the roster.
Ortiz trails in voting
David Ortiz is second in the voting at designated hitter for the American League at the All-Star Game. Ortiz has 1.6 million votes, well behind the 2.4 million of Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz.
Cruz has played more games in the outfield (43) than as the DH (31) but is on the ballot as a DH.
No other Red Sox position player is contention to start. Dustin Pedroia trails Robinson Cano (Mariners) and Ian Kinsler (Tigers) at second base and A.J. Pierzynski is fifth among catchers. The voting in ballparks ends this week. Online voting at mlb.com runs through July 3.
Waiting it out
Assistant general manager Mike Hazen is with the Sox for this series but offered no comment on whether he will pursue the vacant GM position in San Diego. Hazen is believed to be one of the leading candidates if the Padres do not bring back one of their former general managers, Kevin Towers . . . Will Middlebrooks, who is on the rehab assignment with Pawtucket, sat out Monday’s game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre because of swelling in his right index finger.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.