Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Jon Lester vs. Roberto Hernandez
|06.11.13 at 11:12 am ET|
Lester, who is 6-2 with a 3.60 ERA, has slowed down after a great start to the campaign. The lefty did not receive a loss through his first nine starts, going 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA and a .204 opponent batting average. However, in his last four starts, Lester is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA and a .297 opponent batting average.
Part of the reason he has not been as effective as he was earlier in the season is that his control has gotten worse. Through those first nine starts, Lester only walked 6.28 percent of the batters he faced. In his last four starts, that percentage has jumped up to 9.65 percent.
Lester was better in his last outing, only allowing three runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four through six innings.
‘If I could take away the first two innings, I felt pretty good about it,’ Lester said after the outing. ‘Obviously they’re a pretty aggressive team, and they swing the bats really well. They have a good offense. Early on, I played into their game a little bit too much. We didn’t change up speed. I missed over the plate a little bit. Kept it close enough.”
In his last outing against the Rays on May 15, Lester earned the win after allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out five through seven innings. Evan Longoria, the Rays hitter who has the most experience against Lester, has not had a lot of success against him. He only has a .200 batting average against the lefty while striking out 16 times.
Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, is 3-6 with a 5.03 ERA. He has been consistently mediocre this season, as he has allowed at least four runs in six of his 11 starts.
While Lester struggled in his last four starts, Carmona has struggled even more, going 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA. During that span, opponents hold a .318 batting average against him and he averaged only five innings per outing.
The right-hander allowed four runs through 5 1/3 innings in his last start, including a home run to former Red Sox Victor Martinez. He held the Tigers scoreless through the first three innings before allowing four runs through the next 2 1/3.
David Ortiz has had a lot of success against Hernandez in his career, holding a .684 slugging percentage with a home run and three doubles against him.
Red Sox vs. Hernandez (RHP)
Mike Napoli (20 plate appearances): .263 BA/.300 OBP/.474 SLG, 1 HR, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
David Ortiz (20): .368/.400/.684, 1 HR, 3 doubles, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (15): .083/.267/.167, 1 double, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Jacoby Ellsbury (13): .250/.308/.250, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (11): .300/.364/.500, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Jonny Gomes (8): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Mike Carp (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 strikeout
Shane Victorino (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI
Stephen Drew (2): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 walk
Daniel Nava (1): 1.000/1.000/1.000
David Ross (1): .000/.000/.000
Jose Iglesias and Will Middlebrooks have not faced Hernandez
Rays vs. Lester (LHP)
Evan Longoria (51): .200/.294/.333, 1 HR, 3 doubles, 6 RBIs, 6 walks, 16 strikeouts
Ben Zobrist (48): .190/.292/.310, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 7 RBIs, 6 walks, 17 strikeouts
Yunel Escobar (35): .310/.382/.345, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
Sean Rodriguez (26): .200/.346/.300, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts
Jose Molina (23): .333/.391/.333, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
Desmond Jennings (20): .316/.350/.526, 1 triple, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Kelly Johnson (14): .000/.143/.000, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Luke Scott (11): .000/.000/.000, 5 strikeouts
Ryan Roberts (8): .375/.375/.375, 1 strikeout
Jose Lobaton (7): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts
Sam Fuld (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Matthew Joyce (6): .400/.500/1.000, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
James Loney (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout
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