Sunday’s Red Sox-Dodgers matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Chris Capuano
|08.25.13 at 9:37 am ET|
Another week, another Sunday night game.
For the second week in a row, the Red Sox will be featured on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, this time against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on the one-year anniversary of the blockbuster trade that helped both teams become the pennant contenders they are this season. Right-hander Jake Peavy will get the call for the Red Sox, while lefty Chris Capuano does so for Los Angeles.
The contest could be the biggest test yet for Peavy (4.25 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) since he joined the Red Sox. In four starts since the late-July trade, Peavy has been solid but not dominant with a 4.18 ERA and 1.18 WHIP while continuing to be prone to the long ball. He has yielded three in those four Red Sox starts and 17 in 17 games on the season.
That string of mediocrity was prolonged when Peavy pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Giants in a 3-2 loss Tuesday. He allowed a single run on five hits and a walk while fanning four.
Peavy was seemingly cruising along, having retired eight of his last 11 while limiting damage done by the runners that did reach. But with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, and Peavy sitting at a manageable 92 pitches, manager John Farrell pulled him in favor left-hander Craig Breslow, who retired the one batter he faced in the inning to strand Brandon Belt.
Replays showed Peavy was verbal in his disagreement with Farrell’s decision to go the bullpen.
“You don’t ever like to come out of a game,” Peavy said. “It was tough coming out. But that’s the way the game goes. That’s the move John thought was the right move at the time. So be it.”
Since breaking into the majors in 2002, Peavy has gotten into the habit of pitching very, very well against the Dodgers. In a about a season’s worth of innings — 158 1/3, most of them coming while Peavy was with the Padres — he has a 2.27 ERA and 150 strikeouts. His ERA increases to 3.08 at Dodger Stadium.
Meanwhile, Capuano — a Springfield native — has not pitched against the Red Sox in any of his 11 major league seasons. This year he has a 4.70 ERA and 1.44 WHIP while posting a 3.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio, numbers that may not seem impressive but are serviceable considering he pitches toward the bottom of a stacked LA rotation.
His most recent effort, a five-inning outing in a 6-4 win over the Marlins on Tuesday, was about in line with that. Capuano lasted five innings and gave up three runs on six hits and a walk before giving way to a bevy of relievers after just 81 pitches.
Red Sox vs. Capuano (LHP)
David Ross (16 plate appearances): .267 BA/.313 OBP/.800 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Jonny Gomes (10): .222/.300/.556, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts
Shane Victorino (10): .375/.500/1.000, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Stephen Drew 96): .000/.333/.000, 2 walks
No other Red Sox have faced Capuano.
Dodgers vs. Peavy (RHP)
Andre Ethier (37 plate appearances): .152 BA/.216 OBP/.152 SLG, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts
Hanley Ramirez (13): .077/.077/.154, 1 double, 4 strikeouts
Carl Crawford (12): .333/.333/.333, 4 strikeouts
Jerry Hairston (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Juan Uribe (9): .222/.222/.556, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Adrian Gonzalez (7): .429/.429/.857, 1 home run, 2 RBIs
Skip Schumaker (4): .250/.250/.250, 2 strikeouts
Nick Punto struck out in his only plate appearance against Lester.
No other Dodgers have faced Peavy.
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