Wednesday’s Red Sox-Twins matchups: Allen Webster vs. Pedro Hernandez
|05.08.13 at 10:48 am ET|
The Red Sox will get another look at Allen Webster as he takes Felix Doubront‘s place in the rotation on Wednesday. Pedro Hernandez will start the third game of the series for the Twins.
Doubront is heading to the bullpen to replace the injured Joel Hanrahan, while Webster, one of the Sox’ most promising pitching prospects, will make his second major league start.
The 23-year-old Webster impressed in his first outing in Boston on April 21, striking out five Royals over six innings. He averaged 95 mph with his fastball, at times throwing it as hard as 98 mph. He also used his offspeed pitches confidently, mixing in his curveball and changeup with his two-seam and four-seam fastballs.
Webster allowed three runs, two earned, in that start. Both earned runs came via solo homers in the fifth inning, to Alex Gordon and George Kottaras.
Over 20 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket this year, Webster has 26 strikeouts and six walks. He’s started four games and posted a 2.70 ERA. Control was something of a problem for him in the past, as he averaged more than four walks per nine innings in 24 minor league starts last year. Through the first five weeks of this season, though, he seems to have put those issues behind him.
Hernandez has done a little of everything for the Twins this year. He’s made three starts along with two relief appearances — one in long relief when Vance Worley lasted only one inning against the Mets on April 12, the other when he pitched the ninth inning of an 8-5 loss to the Marlins.
The 24-year-old Hernandez has a 3.92 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP through 20 2/3 innings. Last year, he pitched just one game for the White Sox, which happened to be against the Red Sox on July 18.
In that game, Hernandez lasted four innings, giving up eight runs on 12 hits, three of which were home runs. Cody Ross homered off him twice, and Adrian Gonzalez went deep once.
Of the Red Sox who faced him that day and are still with the team, Jacoby Ellsbury is 3-for-3 against him with a double. Will Middlebrooks is 1-for-3 with a single. Since this is just Webster’s second big league start, he has yet to face any of the Twins.
Twins vs. Allen Webster (RHP)
No Twins have faced Webster.
Red Sox vs. Pedro Hernandez (LHP)
Jacoby Ellsbury (3): 1.000/1.000/1.333, 1 double
Will Middlebrooks (3): .333/.333/.333
Pedro Ciriaco (2): .500/.500/.500
Mike Carp, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, David Ross, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Shane Victorino have never faced Hernandez.
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