Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays Game 1 matchups: Alfredo Aceves vs. Chris Archer
|06.18.13 at 9:04 am ET|
The Red Sox will send Alfredo Aceves to the mound to match up with Rays pitcher Chris Archer in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Fenway Park.
The two pitchers faced off against each other less than a week ago on June 12 at Tropicana Field. Aceves (3-1, 5.58 ERA) earned the win in the game, allowing only one run on four hits and four walks through six innings. Archer (1-2, 4.80 ERA) did not last as long, as he gave up two runs on four hits and four walks through four innings in a loss.
The win marked back-to-back quality starts for Aceves, who has only allowed two runs in his last 12 innings pitched. According to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, part of the reason Aceves has had success lately is that he is not overthinking each pitch.
“His stuff has been the same. It’s sharp. Maybe the mental approach of just coming in and letting his stuff play,” Saltalamacchia said. “I think that has been the biggest thing. He’s had such great stuff he doesn’t have to overthink it over overpitch. That’s what he has done the last two outings and pitched great.”
However, he has allowed seven walks during that span, which has led to him getting high pitch counts early in the game. Giving up walks has been a problem for Aceves all season, as he has allowed at least three walks in every one of his starts this year.
Aceves has had a lot of success against Rays hitters in his career, including Ben Zobrist in particular. Zobrist has struck out five times in his 13 plate appearances against Aceves while only recording one hit. Luke Scott has also struggled against Aceves, as he is yet to record a hit in 11 plate appearances against the righty.
Archer has been effective in his three starts for the Rays this season, but he has struggled to go deep into games. The righty only lasted four innings in two of his three starts on the year, and threw over 100 pitches for the first time on the year in his loss to the Red Sox last time out.
One reason his pitch count was so high in the game was that Red Sox hitters were very patient. Archer only forced nine swinging strikes in the game while getting 24 strikes looking en route to a seven strikeout performance.
Daniel Nava had some success against Archer in that outing, hitting a two-run home run that drove in the winning run. He is not the only one good against Archer though, as Jacoby Ellsbury is batting 1.000 against the righty in six plate appearances against him. Rays vs. Aceves (RHP)
Evan Longoria (13 plate appearances): .111 BA/.308 OBP/.444 SLG, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Ben Zobrist (13): .100/.308/.100, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Sean Rodriguez (11): .111/.200/.444, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts
Luke Scott (11): .000/.182/.000, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Desmond Jennings (9): .286/.444/.571, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Matthew Joyce (9): .125/.222/.250, 1 double, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Yunel Escobar (6): .333/.333/.333
Kelly Johnson (6): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts
Jose Molina (6): .200/.200/.200, 2 strikeouts
Sam Fuld (3): .333/.333/.333
Jose Lobaton (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk
James Loney (3): .000/.000/.000
Red Sox vs. Archer (RHP)
Jacoby Ellsbury (6 plate appearances): 1.000 BA/1.000 OBP/2.000 SLG, 2 RBIs, 2 walks
Daniel Nava (5): .250/.400/1.000, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Dustin Pedroia (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (4): .000/.250/.000, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Mike Carp (2): .500/.500/.500
Stephen Drew (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Jose Iglesias (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk
Will Middlebrooks (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk
Mike Napoli (2): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts
David Ortiz (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk
Jonny Gomes, David Ross and Shane Victorino have not faced Archer.
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