'State of the Nation': Pitching power

ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes takes a look at the Jake Peavy trade and the importance of starting pitching depth.

"Why is Jake Peavy's acquisition important to the Red Sox?" Edes says. "One, there's the uncertainty of Clay Buchholz, who's only pitched twice as you well know since May 22, has been on the disabled list since June 8, and his anticipated return remains uncertain. The hope is he'll be back in the rotation before September.

"But in the interim, Peavy, although he's had a history of injury that has limited him to only one season of 200 or more innings since 2007, will be an upgrade to a rotation that knows it's facing a huge challenge in the Tampa Bay Rays, the hottest team in baseball, that the Red Sox are in a neck and neck battle right now for the division lead.

"You put Peavy in a rotation with Jon Lester, John Lackey and Clay Buchholz, and Boston will take its chances in October."

Edes says that although the Peavy trade carried a price for Boston who had to give up shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Tigers in the three-team deal, the Red Sox believe it's worth the gamble.

For his part, Jose Iglesias thanked the Red Sox fans Thursday for their support: