Win or lose, the White Sox are playoff caliber.
"Absolutely, I believe we are a playoff team," said the intense White Sox starting pitcher. "It's the only way to go about it. The chips will fall where they may, but I believe this team has what it takes.
"We've come a long way in a year, but we are far from being satisfied in doing what we've done. Win, lose or draw tonight, we'll go home in a good frame of mind and get after Minnesota [on Monday]."
The White Sox exited Sunday night's 4-2 loss with a 1-6 record on their seven-game road trip to Baltimore and Detroit. As Peavy pointed out, the White Sox were one Nate McLouth eighth-inning homer Monday from splitting that series against a top-notch Orioles team and had a number of chances to put away the Tigers during his Friday start.
"They got the big hit and grinded that game out," Peavy said. "Last night, we ran into an absolute buzzsaw, Max Scherzer. He's as good as anybody in the game right now, the way he has been throwing the ball."
But "resiliency" has been the word most commonly attached to this 2012 squad. The White Sox started the second half with a 3-7 road trip and slipped into second place by 1 1/2 games, only to win five straight after a Detroit road sweep and reclaim a 2 1/2-game edge in the American League Central.
Despite injuries piling up, a somewhat common theme at this time of year, Peavy has no doubt this team's resolve will put it in a favorable postseason position.
"This team can play with anybody in baseball. We showed that, we believe that," Peavy said. "If anybody would have said, 'Hey, you are going to be tied or [two games up] with 29 to go,' this is what you live to play for and we are going to stay positive.
"We believe in ourselves. I promise you that we'll believe until the last out is made in the last game, and hopefully, when that out is made, we are doing some celebrating."