|Tuesday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Josh Beckett vs. Blake Beavan||05.15.12 at 6:48 am ET|
Josh Beckett left the mound to deafening boos from the Fenway crowd on Thursday night thanks to his poor start against the Indians, in which he allowed seven runs on seven hits and two walks through 2 1/3 innings. The subpar performance was amplified by the report that Beckett, who was scratched from a previous start thanks to a sore lat, was seen golfing two days before that scheduled start.
Beckett, who has been criticized heavily since that start, will try to quiet the critics on Tuesday in his matchup with the Mariners.
Beckett is 2-4 this season with a 5.97 ERA. The right-hander has struggled with giving up home runs, already surrendering nine, including five in his first start of the season against the Tigers. Beckett did not give up his ninth home run until his 20th start of last season, on July 28.
Between his first start against the Tigers and his last start against the Indians, Beckett had been solid. In those four starts, Beckett was 2-2, lasting at least six innings each appearance and never allowing more than three runs.
The Mariners are relatively unfamiliar with Beckett, as only Ichiro Suzuki and Chone Figgins have faced Beckett more than six times in their careers. However, in their limited experience with Beckett, Dustin Ackley and Mike Carp each have a .500 OBP against him, with Carp driving in three runs.
Red Sox hitters will face off against 23-year-old right-hander Blake Beavan, who is 1-3 in six starts this season with a 4.32 ERA. Beavan made his major league debut last July and remained with the club for the rest of the year, totaling a 5-6 record. While the Mariners are 3-3 in games Beavan has started this year, his only win came in his second start over Oakland on April 15.
Beavan’s last start was May 7, when he left early after taking a line drive off his elbow from Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera. Beavan was diagnosed with a right elbow contusion, and finished the game allowing four hits and one run through three innings pitched.
The 6-foot-7, 240-pound right-hander was scheduled to start Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium, but Mariners manager Eric Wedge pushed Kevin Millwood into Sunday’s slot and gave Beavan two extra days to rest his elbow.
Beavan has lost both of his career starts against the Red Sox. In his first start in Boston, Beavan surrendered three runs on nine hits, striking out four through 6 2/3 innings. Current Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, and David Ortiz all doubled off Beavan in the game.
Ortiz had more success against Beavan, as he homered off the young hurler in Beavan’s next matchup against the Red Sox. Beavan allowed six runs on 11 hits through 6 1/3 innings, only striking out one hitter in that start.
Red Sox vs. Beavan (RHP)
Adrian Gonzalez (7 plate appearances): .500 BA/.571 OBP/.833 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
David Ortiz (7): .429 BA/.429 OBP/1.000 SLG, 1 home run, 1 double, 2 RBI
Dustin Pedroia (7): .333 BA/.333 OBP/.667 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 strikeout
Ryan Sweeney (6): .000 BA/.000 OBP/.000 SLG, 2 strikeouts
Mike Aviles (3): .500 BA/.333 OBP/.500 SLG, 1 RBI
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .667 BA/.667 OBP/.667 SLG, 1 strikeout
Mariners vs. Beckett (RHP)
Ichiro (31 plate appearances): .233 BA/.258 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 8 strikeouts
Chone Figgins (30): .308 BA/.400 OBP/.385 SLG, 2 doubles, 4 walks, 11 strikeouts
Dustin Ackley (6): .500 BA/.500 OBP/.667 SLG, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Mike Carp (6): .400 BA/.500 OBP/1.000 SLG, 1 home run, 3 RBI, 2 strikeouts
John Jaso (6): .000 BA/.000 OBP/.000 SLG, 3 strikeouts
Justin Smoak (6): .000 BA/.167 OBP/.000 SLG, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Kevin Millwood (4): .000 BA/.250 OBP/.000 OBP, 1 Walk, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Brendan Ryan (4): .250 BA/.250 OBP/.250 OBP, 1 strikeout
Michael Saunders (3): .500 BA/.667 OBP/ 1.000 SLG, 1 double, 1 walk
Casper Wells (2): .500 BA/.500 OBP/2.000 SLG, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 1 strikeout
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