Friday’s Red Sox-Athletics matchups: Tim Wakefield vs. Gio Gonzalez
|08.26.11 at 9:47 am ET|
The Red Sox will host the Athletics in the first game of a three-game weekend series at Fenway Park Friday night. The Red Sox will send knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (6-5, 4.97) to the mound as he goes after career win No. 200. He will be opposed by left-hander Gio Gonzalez (10-11, 3.24).
Wakefield will be seeking his 200th win for the sixth start in a row. He has two losses and three no-decisions since he won his 199th game back on July 24. He has pitched well in those five starts, allowing no more than four earned runs.
Wakefield originally was scheduled to pitch the series finale with the Rangers Thursday night, but manger Terry Francona announced earlier in the week that Andrew Miller would be starting and Wakefield would be pushed back to Friday.
Lifetime against the Athletics, in 41 appearances (30 starts), Wakefield has a 11-7 record and a 4.23 ERA. He has not faced the A’s this season.
After losing five starts in a row, Gonzalez bounced back in his last start on Aug. 20 when he earned the win in a 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays. He pitched eight innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine.
Gonzalez has struggled in August as he has allowed 15 earned runs in 25 1/3 innings and has an ERA of 5.33. He pitched against the Red Sox on April 20. He went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and suffered the loss. He did strike out nine Red Sox hitters. Over the course of his three-year career, Gonzalez has faced the Red Sox four times and has a 1-1 record with a 5.64 ERA.
The Athletics do not have much experience against Wakefield besides Hideki Matsui from when he was with the Yankees. In 66 plate appearances he is batting .203 with two home runs and 10 strikeouts.
The Red Sox have not seen much of Gonzalez, either. Only Mike Aviles has double-digit plate appearances against him. In 11 plate appearances he is hitting .250 with three strikeouts.Athletics vs. Wakefield
Hideki Matsui (66 plate appearances): .203 BA/.288/.339 SLG, 2 home runs, 10 strikeouts
Kurt Suzuki (19): .375/.474/.813, 2 home runs
David DeJesus (15): .286/.333/.357, 4 RBIs
Ryan Sweeney (14): .154/.214/.154
Coco Crisp (7): .143/.143/.286
Cliff Pennington (4): .000/.000/.000
Conor Jackson and Josh Willingham have three plate appearances against Wakefield and are both hitless.
Brandon Allen, Scott Sizemore, Eric Sogard and Jemile Weeks have not faced the Red Sox starter.
Red Sox vs. Gonzalez
Mike Aviles (11): .250 BA/.455 OBP/.500 SLG, 3 strikeouts
David Ortiz (9): .143/.333/.286, 3 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (9): .000/.111/.000, 2 strikeouts
Marco Scutaro (9): .222/.222/.222
Carl Crawford (7): .143/.143/.143
Jed Lowrie (6): .600/.667/1.200, 1 home run, 3 RBIs
Jacoby Ellsbury (5): .000/.200/.000, 3 strikeouts
Darnell McDonald (5): .250/.400/.250
Jason Varitek (5): .200/.200/.200
Adrian Gonzalez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have each had three plate appearances against Gonzalez and each have one hit.
Ryan Lavarnway and Josh Reddick have not faced the Athletics starter.
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