Before the Boston Red Sox traded him to the Giants this July, right-hander Jake Peavy said he thought he might be headed for another National League destination.

“About a week or so before the actual deal happened, I thought I could possibly come here,” Peavy said Saturday while sitting in the interview room at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. “I thought it was really close, to be honest with you.”

Instead, the Red Sox dealt Peavy to San Francisco, and today the right-hander will start against the Cardinals and right-hander Lance Lynn in Game 2 of the N.L. Championship Series.

The Peavy trade was part of a flurry of moves near the trade deadline by the defending World Series champion Red Sox. Five days later, Boston sent fellow right-hander John Lackey to the Cardinals. Lackey is scheduled to start Game 3 against the Giants in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Another player who started the season with Boston, catcher A.J. Pierzynski, signed with the Cardinals as a free agent in July. Pierzynski, added to the Cardinals’ NLCS roster on Friday, had this assessment of Peavy’s season with the Red Sox before the trade: “He didn’t win games, but he was in a lot of games. The 1-9 (record), I think, was a little deceiving.”

The Giants thought so, too, and acquired Peavy to replace injured Matt Cain. Peavy went 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA in 12 regular-season starts after the trade and took the ball in Game 1 of the N.L. Division Series in Washington, throwing 52/3 scoreless innings in the Giants’ win.

“Boch figured him out,” Pierzynski theorized about Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

Asked by a national media contingent Saturday to explain his turnaround, Peavy agreed that being reunited with Bochy – his first manager in San Diego – was a key, as were …read more