Brad Peacock, the Nationals’ minor league pitcher of the year, will make his first career major league start tonight. He made his first appearance Sept. 6 against the Dodgers, when he entered in the sixth inning with two runners on base and Matt Kemp at the plate. “I’m sure it’s going to feel totally different,” Peacock said.
Peacock allowed a hit to Kemp and the Dodgers rallied, but the appearance helped calm any nerves he had about coming to the majors. “After that first pitch,” he said, “it felt the same.” Peacock will not have a specific pitch count, but “I’ll have him on a short leash,” Manager Davey Johnson said.
He’ll face Mike Pelfrey tonight. If the Nationals win, they’ll move into a third-place tie with the Mets, a “race” Thomas Boswell discusses in a column for Thursday’s print edition. As always, talk about the game right here.