Wednesday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Hiroki Kuroda
|04.03.13 at 10:21 am ET|
Clay Buchholz will look to follow Jon Lester‘s solid Opening Day performance against the “under construction” Yankees lineup on Wednesday night.
Buchholz comes into the season as the No. 2 pitcher in the rotation, although at times last year he seemed like the only pitcher putting up respectable numbers. The right-hander finished 2012 with an 11-8 record and 4.56 ERA in 189 1/3 innings of work.
If not for a rough first couple of months last year, Buchholz’s numbers would have been much better. In April, although he posted a 3-1 record, he had a whopping 8.69 ERA and opponents hit .331 against him. In May, he went 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA and his WHIP stood at 1.76. During the summer, when it seemed like much of the rotation was getting worse, Buchholz got better, finishing a combined 7-2 in June, July and August. He also lowered his season ERA from 7.19 on May 27 to 4.50 on Aug. 28.
Like Lester, Buchholz is coming off of a terrific spring training. In six starts, he went 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA, allowed only 12 hits in 22 2/3 innings pitched, and struck out 22. Last year against the Yankees, Buchholz went 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA.
The Yankees will send 38-year-old right-hander Hiroki Kuroda to the hill. Kuroda was a rock for the Yanks last year, going 16-11, posting a 3.32 ERA and logging 219 2/3 innings. Kuroda was durable in 2012, pitching at least five innings in every start after May 5.
In his second spring training in pinstripes, Kuroda went 1-2 with a 1.53 ERA in 17 2/3 innings and held opponents to a minuscule .191 batting average. In five starts vs. the Red Sox in 2012, Kuroda went 2-0 and allowed 36 hits and just four walks in 35 innings.
With all of the key Yankees injuries, Robinson Cano will have to step up in the remaining two games this series. He has had considerable success against Buchholz in his career, hitting .480 with a home run and three RBIs. New Yankee Vernon Wells has the most experience against Buchholz but only hits .192 against him.
Red Sox vs. Kuroda (RHP)
Shane Victorino (16 plate appearances): .214 BA/.313 OBP/.357 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Jacoby Ellsbury (15): .333/.333/.467, 1 RBI, 2 doubles, 4 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (15): .429/.467/.714, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 1 double, 1 walk
Pedro Ciriaco (13): .250/.250/.417, 2 doubles, 2 strikeouts
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (12): .182/.250/.455, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Daniel Nava (10): .250/.400/.375, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Jonny Gomes (9): .000/.111/.000, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Mike Carp (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 RBI, 1 double
Mike Napoli (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Jose Iglesias (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI
Will Middlebrooks (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts
David Ross has never faced Kuroda.
Yankees vs. Buchholz (RHP)
Vernon Wells (29 plate appearances): .192/.276/.231, 2 RBI, 1 double, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
Lyle Overbay (26): .273/.385/.318, 1 RBI, 1 double, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts
Robinson Cano (25): .480/.480/.760, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 doubles, 1 strikeout
Brennan Boesch (18): .167/.167/.333, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 strikeouts
Brett Gardner (12): .182/.182/.182, 2 strikeouts
Ichiro Suzuki (8): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout
Francisco Cervelli (6): .500/.500/.500, 3 RBI, 1 strikeout
Travis Hafner (6): .333/.333/.333
Jayson Nix (6): .000/.167/.000
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Unexpected Trades Red Sox Could Pull Off This Offseason
- Dream Free-Agent Pickups for Red Sox
- Red Sox Free Agency News and Trade Rumors
- Should Red Sox Trade Cespedes This Offseason?
- Red Sox's Most Tradeable Assets for Offseason
- Uehara Inks 2-Year Extension with Sox
- Possible Trade Partners, Packages for Cespedes
- Cup of Coffee: Chavis homers in 10th inning to lead Drive
- Weekly Notes: Blake Swihart's hot start; Rusney Castillo on the mend
- Cup of Coffee: Cuevas struggles with command, Barnes bounces back
- Cup of Coffee: Swihart leads PawSox hit parade, Rodriguez earns first win
- Cup of Coffee: Ball stymies Mudcats, Brentz leads Pawtucket past Rochester
- Swihart learning to catch the knuckler in Pawtucket
- System Restart 2015, Pt. 7: Low Minors Pitchers
- Cup of Coffee: Brentz walks off for PawSox home opener
- Cup of Coffee: Jackie Bradley Jr. continues hot start, Pawtucket falls in doubleheader
- System Restart 2015, Pt. 6: Mid-Minors Pitchers