|Tuesday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Josh Beckett vs. Wei-Yin Chen||08.14.12 at 9:18 am ET|
The Red Sox continue their 10-game road trip with a three-game set against the Orioles starting on Tuesday as Josh Beckett takes the mound.
Beckett, who was the center of trade rumors around the deadline, has not been able to get on track this season. He’s 5-9 with a 4.97 ERA and hasn’t been able to get a win since July 15. His July was atrocious as he went 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA.
Back pain forced the righty to push back his last start a few days, and he did so without any success. Beckett allowed eight runs on eight hits in five innings in a 10-9 loss to the Rangers on Aug. 8. Thanks to the nine Red Sox runs, he was able to avoid his 10th loss of the season.
The 32-year-old has been mediocre against the Orioles in his career with a 7-6 record and 4.12 ERA over 19 starts. He had one of his better outings of this season vs. Baltimore when he went eight innings and allowing two runs, but he was tagged with the loss in a 2-1 game. Being an an AL East opponent, the Orioles hitters are very familiar with Beckett. Nick Markakis has the most plate appearances vs him with 57 and is 14-for-50.
Starting opposite Beckett is rookie Taiwanese left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Chen has had a solid first-year campaign with a 10-7 record and a 3.79 ERA. Despite having a decent ERA and record, the rookie has yet to finish the eighth inning of any game. He had his best month of the season in April, when he was 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA.
The lefty was rocked in his last start, allowing seven runs on nine hits in only 4 2/3 innings against the lowly Royals on Aug. 9. The seven runs he allowed were a season and career high.
The 26-year-old has faced the Red Sox this season twice and has had some success. He’s 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA, including allowing only one run over seven innings against Boston on June 6 at Fenway. Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia are both 2-for-6 against Chen this season.
Red Sox vs. Chen (LHP)
Mike Aviles (7 plate appearances): .000 BA/.143 OBP/.000 SLG, 1 RBI, 1 walk
Adrian Gonzalez (6): .333/.333/.333
Dustin Pedroia (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Cody Ross (3): .500/.333/1.500, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .333/.333/.333
Kelly Shoppach (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Orioles vs. Beckett (RHP)
Nick Markakis (57 plate appearances): .280 BA/.368 OBP/.420 SLG, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 7 walks, 14 strikeouts
Adam Jones (39): .289/.308/.421, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBI, 1 walk, 13 strikeouts
J.J. Hardy (19): .263/.263/.421, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 strikeouts
Matt Wieters (19): .263/.263/.421, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Robert Andino (17): .400/.438/.600, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Mark Reynolds (17): .200/.294/.600, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
Chris Davis (14): .286/.286/.429, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts
Wilson Betemit (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Nate McLouth (7): .167/.286/.167
Omar Quintanilla (6): .000/.000/.000
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