Wednesday’s Red Sox-Padres matchups: Jon Lester vs. Edinson Volquez
|07.03.13 at 1:17 pm ET|
Lester (8-4, 4.61 ERA) had a subpar June and will look to get things back on track in his first start of July. The 29-year-old lefty allowed at least three earned runs in each of his five starts during June while keeping a 7.62 ERA and .328 opponent batting average. Lester allowed eight home runs in the month, which is something he has only done one other time in his career (July 2012).
Lester’s last start was his best of the month, though, as he allowed four runs on five hits while striking out five through seven innings in a win over the Blue Jays. Lester had held Toronto to two runs on three hits entering the eighth inning, but he allowed two singles that turned into runs before injuring himself and being taken out of the game. Lester insisted the injury — a jammed hip — was not serious, though.
‘I slipped a little bit and I guess the doctors are kind of calling it a jammed hip. It’s a kind of zinging sensation down my leg,’ Lester said. ‘I actually feel fine now. Walking off the field it kind of stays with you for a little while, and then after the doctors looked at me I feel normal.’
Carlos Quentin likely is not looking forward to facing Lester, as he has yet to get a hit off of him in 15 plate appearances. Not only that, but he has been hit by a pitch three times by Lester.
Matching up with Lester will be Volquez (6-6, 5.50 ERA), who has been good in his last four starts. The former Reds ace has a 3.04 ERA during that span, and has held opposing hitters to a .239 batting average while striking out 30.
Volquez’s last start was among his best of the month, as he only allowed two runs on seven hits through six innings in a win over the Marlins. He was fooling hitters with his pitches in the game, as he forced 25 strikes looking in the process of striking out eight batters.
While not many Red Sox hitters have experience against Volquez, Shane Victorino has had no trouble with the right-hander. Victorino has a .533 on-base percentage against Volquez and has hit a double off of him.
Padres vs. Lester (LHP)
Carlos Quentin (15 plate appearances): .000 BA/.267 OBP/.000 SLG, 1 walk, 3 times hit by a pitch, 5 strikeouts
Chris Denorfia (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Mark Kotsay (2): 1.000/1.000/1.000
Alexi Amarista, Kyle Blanks, Pedro Ciriaco, Logan Forsythe, Yasmani Grandal, Jesus Guzman, Chase Headley, Nick Hundley and Will Venable have not faced Lester.
Red Sox vs. Volquez (RHP)
Shane Victorino (15): .417 BA/.533 OBP/.500 SLG, 1 double, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts
Stephen Drew (10): .444/.500/.444, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Jacoby Ellsbury (4): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout
Mike Napoli (4): .000/.250/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Dustin Pedroia (4): .250/.250/.250
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