|Saturday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Josh Beckett vs. David Price||05.26.12 at 8:40 am ET|
Josh Beckett doesn’t seem like the same pitcher who was recently booed by the Fenway faithful on his way to the dugout, as the 32-year-old has won his last two starts, giving up a total of one earned run. In his last trip to the mound Beckett pitched 7 2/3 innings of one-run, seven-hit baseball, helping the Red Sox to a 5-1 victory over the Phillies.
Beckett (4-4) will try to start another winning streak for the Red Sox when he takes the mound against the Rays on Saturday night.
The Texas native, who has an ERA of 4.38 through eight starts, last faced the Rays and pitcher David Price on April 13. In Boston’s 12-2 victory over the Rays, Beckett pitched eight innings of one-run baseball.
Beckett has faced four Tampa Bay batters over 20 times, and he has been pretty effective, limiting all those players except Luke Scott to a batting average of under .200. Through 29 plate appearances, Scott has a .417 batting average vs. Beckett.
The last time Beckett lost a start was on May 10 when the Red Sox lost 8-3 to the Indians. Beckett pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed seven earned runs, including two home runs.
Beckett’s counterpart for the second time this season is Price (6-3, 2.88). The last time Price lost a decision was his last start, when he gave up one earned run through seven innings of baseball as the Rays lost 2-0 to the Braves.
Price won his previous start on May 15, allowing three earned runs through seven innings as the Rays beat the Blue Jays. One of Price’s worst starts of the season came when he last faced the Red Sox on April 13, as the 26-year-old allowed three earned runs in three innings.
Kevin Youkilis has the best batting average of any Sox player against Price, hitting .364 over 25 plate appearances. Against the Red Sox all-time, Price holds a 4-6 record and a 3.43 ERA.
Rays vs. Beckett
Carlos Pena (35 plate appearances): .125 BA/.200 OBP/.281 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 17 strikeouts
B.J. Upton (33): .194/.219/.290, 3 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts
Luke Scott (29): .417/.517/.792, 3 HR, 7 RBIs, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts
Jose Molina (26): .160/.160/.160, 1 RBI, 7 strikeouts
Ben Zobrist (23): .095/.174/.095, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
Matthew Joyce (15): .067/.067/.067, 5 strikeouts
Sean Rodriguez (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Stephen Vogt (3): .000/.000/.000
Red Sox vs. Price
Kevin Youkilis (25 plate appearances): .364 BA/.400 OBP/.455 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (24): .300/.417/.550, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts
David Ortiz (22): .167/.318/.278, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 6, strikeouts
Adrian Gonzalez (18): .133/.278/.200, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (10): .125/.300/.250, 1 double, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Marlon Byrd (8): .000/.375/.000, 3 walks
Mike Aviles (7): .143/.143/.286, 1 double, 2 strikeouts
Scott Podsednik (6): .400/.500/.600, 1 double, 1 walk
Nick Punto (3): .000/.000/.000
Daniel Nava (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
In one plate appearance, Kelly Shoppach was hit by a pitch vs. Price.
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