Sunday’s Red Sox-Braves matchups: Aaron Cook vs. Mike Minor
|06.24.12 at 12:02 pm ET|
In their final interleague game of the season, the Red Sox wrap up their series with the Braves Sunday afternoon at 1:35. Though still in last place in the division, Boston (37-34) enters Sunday’s game three games over .500 and is 8-2 over the last 10 games.
With Clay Buchholz out due to an undisclosed illness, 33-year-old Aaron Cook takes the mound for the Sox on Sunday, making just his second start of the season and his first since May 5. Boston is hoping Sunday’s start will go better for Cook (0-1), who posted a 20.25 ERA against the Orioles, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings en route to an 8-2 Sox loss.
In a play at home plate during that game, Cook opened up a nasty gash on his left knee, requiring 11 stitches and forcing the 10-year veteran to the 15-day disabled list.
Prior to joining the Sox in the offseason, Cook spent his entire career in the National League pitching for the Rockies, so he has a good deal of familiarity with Atlanta’s lineup, having faced 15 current Braves at least once.
Not surprisingly, 17-year vet Chipper Jones has faced Cook more than any other Brave. The switch-hitting future Hall of Famer is hitting .346 with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBIs and seven strikeouts in 29 career plate appearances.
Overall, the Braves are hitting .272 against Cook, with 16 RBIs and 16 strikeouts. Jones’ two home runs are the only two the Braves have off of Cook.
Atlanta (38-33) sends out 24-year-old Mike Minor for his 14th start of the season. The seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft, the former Vanderbilt hurler enters the game with a 3-5 record and an ERA of 6.04.
Minor had a decent April, going 2-2 with a 4.68 ERA, but struggled in May, giving up 28 earned runs in just 25 innings pitched for a 9.95 ERA. He’s been better in June with an ERA of 3.00 but struggled again in his outing, giving up four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Yankees on June 18.
Cody Ross is the only Boston player with a plate appearance against the lefty, going 2-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.
Braves vs. Cook (RHP)
Chipper Jones (29 plate appearances): .346 BA/.414 OBP/.692 SLG, three doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs, 7 strikeouts
Brian McCann (22): .300/.364/.400, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Dan Uggla (15): .273/.467/.273, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout
Jack Wilson (14): .154/.154/.154, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Michael Bourn (13): .154/.154/.154, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
David Ross (7): .167/.167/.333, 1 double, 2 strikeouts
Matt Diaz (5): .400/.400/.400, 2 singles
Martin Prado (5): .400/.400/.400, 2 singles, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Freddie Freeman (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double
Tommy Hanson (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Eric Hinske (3): .667/.667/.667, 2 singles, 1 RBI
Red Sox vs. Minor (LHP)
Cody Ross (3 plate appearances): .667 BA/.667 OBP/1.000 SLG, 1 double, 1 strikeout
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