Wednesday’s Red Sox-Rangers matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Robert Ross Jr.
|04.09.14 at 9:17 am ET|
Peavy last took to the mound during an emotional home opener last Friday against the Brewers. Despite scattering six hits and allowing just two earned runs over six innings during the start, Peavy got a no-decision after Edward Mujica gave up four earned runs in the ninth. Peavy struck out three in the first but allowed two runs in the second, including a solo home run by Jonathan Lucroy.
“Anytime you have a chance to win and you don’t have your best stuff, you don’t feel the best or have the best feel, you’re OK with it, but you expect more,” Peavy said, (via MLB.com). “At the end of the day, you want to pitch deep in the ballgame, you want to give up less than two runs. That second inning got away from me. I couldn’t stretch it out late.”
The 32-year-old righty has not played against the Rangers since his time in a White Sox uniform. Peavy came away with a no-decision on April 7, 2012, after he gave up three runs on eight hits over the course of six innings en route to Chicago’s 4-3 win over the Rangers. Due to struggles against the Rangers in 2010 and 2011, Peavy has an 0-2 record with a 7.59 ERA and a WHIP of 1.59 in games against Texas.
Ross also enters Wednesday’s game after a no-decision in his first start of the season. The 24-year-old gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits over five innings against the Phillies on April 2. The Rangers ultimately won the game 4-3 after they scored three runs in the ninth inning.
While Ross is in his third season in a Rangers uniform, his outing against the Phillies was the first start of his major league career. Consequently, Ross has only 3 1/3 innings of experience against the Red Sox. During that limited time on the mound, Ross has given up one earned run on five hits while walking one and striking out three. That lone run came in Ross’ most recent outing against Boston — a relief appearance on June 6, 2013, when he lasted just a third of an inning.
Rangers vs. Peavy (RHP)
Adrian Beltre (40 plate appearances): .222 AVG/.250 OBP/ .444 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts
Prince Fielder (38): .278/.316/.389, 4 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts
Shin-Soo Choo (24): .429/.500/.714, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Elvis Andrus (12): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts
J.P. Arencibia (8): .167/.375/.167, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Mitch Moreland (6): .500/.500/1.500, 2 HR, 5 RBIs
Josh Wilson is hitless in two plate appearances vs. Peavy.
Red Sox vs. Ross (LHP)
Jonny Gomes (2): .500/.500/.500
Dustin Pedroia (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout
Jackie Bradley Jr. and A.J. Pierzynski each have one strikeout in one plate appearance vs. Ross.
Mike Carp, Jonathan Herrera and Daniel Nava are hitless in one plate appearance vs. Ross.
David Ortiz has one walk in one plate appearance vs. Ross.
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