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Saturday’s Red Sox-Astros matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Brad Peacock

04.27.13 at 9:05 am ET
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Saturday night’s Red Sox-Astros game will feature two 25-year-old starting pitchers in Felix Doubront and Brad Peacock.

Doubront is coming off of his most durable performance of the year, going 6 2/3 innings in a 9-6 win over the A’s on Monday. He surrendered three runs on three hits, walked five and struck out eight in his third start. This was the first time in 2013 when the left-hander went more than five innings. With the victory, he improved to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 4.32.

“I feel good,” Doubront said after the game. “I was throwing the ball real good. My arm feels a lot easier throwing the ball.”

The Astros, new to the American League and making their first visit to Fenway Park since 2003, are an unfamiliar opponent for Doubront. Only two hitters in the almost unrecognizable Astros lineup have ever faced Doubront: Carlos Pena and Chris Carter are a combined 1-for-11 against him.

Peacock is 1-2 on the season, sporting a hefty 7.50 ERA. In four games started and 18 innings, he has given up 20 hits, six home runs and eight walks, with 15 strikeouts. He is part of a staff that is among the worst in the league in terms of team ERA.

His most recent outing was his worst thus far. Against Seattle, Peacock only got through 4 1/3 innings, allowing a season-high nine hits and seven runs while walking one and striking out a season-low one batter. The Astros’ bullpen has been busy in Peacock’s four starts as he has only gotten through five innings once.

“Too many deep counts,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “That’s something that Brad is going to have to work on. When you find yourselves in deep counts, your pitch count is going to spike real high. And when you have a lot of deep counts, hitters are hitting in good hitter’s counts. The more times hitters hit in good hitter’s counts, they’re normally going to put their better swings on pitches.”

Shane Victorino is the only Sox hitter to have faced Peacock, going 0-for-3 in his career.

Astros vs. Doubront (LHP)

Carlos Pena (9 plate appearances): .125 BA/.222 OBP/.250 SLG, 1 double, 2 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

Chris Carter has one walk in two plate appearances vs. Doubront. Jose Altuve, Rick Ankiel, Brandon Barnes, Jason Castro, Ronny Cedeno, Carlos Corporan, Matt Dominguez, Marwin Gonzalez, Brandon Laird, and Fernando Martinez have never faced Doubront.

Red Sox vs. Peacock (RHP)

Shane Victorino (3 plate appearances): .000/.000/.000

No other Red Sox hitter has faced Peacock.

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