Red Sox vs. Royals matchups, 4/11
|04.10.10 at 5:30 pm ET|
Buchholz will have had a 10-day layoff since his final start in spring training by the time he toes the rubber in his first action of the 2010 regular season. The 25-year old righthander was 7-4 with a 4.21 ERA in his 16 appearances, with his last victory actually coming against the Royals on Sept. 24. In that game, Buccholz allowed five hits and no runs while striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings, helping the Sox earn a 10-3 victory.
The only other time he faced Kansas City was in 2008, when he took the loss in a 4-3 game at Kauffman Stadium. In that one, Buchoolz was tagged for all four runs and also struggled with his control, walking three and hitting one batter.
Meche likewise only made one start against Boston last season, and was shelled in a 15-9 Red Sox win at Fenway. The KC starter allowed eight runs (six earned) and let up two homers and three walks on the day, lasting just 3 2/3 innings. 2009 was a forgettable year as a whole for Meche, as he went from a 14-11 campaign with a 3.98 ERA to a 6-10 record and 5.09 ERA. Still, the veteran Meche has been respectable against the Sox throughout his career, compling a 5-3 record with a 4.26 ERA in 10 starts.
This is the first year that Meche did not start the Royals’ opener. He has been recovering from a shoulder injury, but looked strong in tossing five scoreless innings against Royals minor leaguers on Tuesday.
There is not a whole lot to go on here with Buchholz’s history against the Royals, but Meche has some history against the Sox lineup.
Red Sox vs. Gil Meche
Victor Martinez (41 plate appearances vs. Meche): .244 average/.244 OBP/.390 slugging, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 8 strikeouts
Marco Scutaro (29): .292/.414/.458, 1 triple, 5 walks, 4 strikeouts
David Ortiz (26): .375/.423/.917, 4 home runs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts
Jason Varitek (20): .188/.350/.375, 1 home run, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts
Mike Lowell (15): .200/.200/.267, 2 strikeouts
Kevin Youkilis (15): .538/.600/.846, 1 home run, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Adrian Beltre (14): .214/.214/.286, 3 strikeouts
J.D. Drew (12): .300/.417/.400, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (12): .545/.583/.909, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Mike Cameron (6): .250/.500/1.000, 1 home run, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Bill Hall and Jeremy Hermida are both hitless in two and three at bats, respectively, against Meche. Jacoby Ellsbury is 0-2 with a sacrifice fly.
Royals vs. Clay Buchholz
Billy Butler (6 career plate appearances vs. Buchholz): .250/.333/.250, 2 strikeouts
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