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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Reds matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Homer Bailey

05.06.14 at 9:08 am ET
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The Red Sox look to move on from a tough 10-inning loss to the A’€™s on Sunday when they start a two-game home series against the Reds on Tuesday, sending lefty Felix Doubront to the mound to face off against Homer Bailey.

Doubront has struggled in 2014, posting a 1-3 record in six games, all starts, with a 5.70 ERA, up from his career average of 4.70. While Doubront is walking less batters than he ever has, an average of 3.6 walks per nine innings (4.0 average in his career), his strikeout numbers are also down, an average of 6.3 per nine innings, down from his career average of 8.2.

Doubront was solid in his last start, a game against the Rays on May 1, going six innings while giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits, two of them being home runs. He struck out five and walked one. The Red Sox eventually lost, 6-5, but Doubront did not factor in the decision.

While some fans have lost faith in Doubront, Red Sox manager John Farrell has not.

“He’€™s going to keep getting the ball,” Farrell said last week. “We’ve got to keep doing what we can to have those in-game adjustments happen a little more readily, because the work he’€™s following, the routine he’€™s following, all that remains is to be consistent start to start.”

The 26-year-old has not faced the Reds in his career.

Bailey, like Doubront, has gotten off to a rocky start in 2014. After back-to-back very good years, including a no-hitter in both 2012 and 2013, the 28-year-old Bailey has been mediocre, going 2-2 in six starts with a 5.50 ERA.

The Texas native was better in his last start, a May 1 game against Milwaukee, when he went eight innings and allowed three runs on eight hits, striking out four and walking one. The Reds won the game, 8-3, and Bailey picked up his second win on the year.

Homer Bailey

Homer Bailey

Bailey has only faced the Red Sox once, in 2008. He didn’t fair well in the game, giving up five runs on four hits, three home runs through 2 1/3 innings. Bailey walked three in the game and didn’t strike out a batter. The Red Sox went on to win, and Bailey picked up the loss.

Reds vs. Doubront (LHP)

Brayan Pena (3 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.333 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 RBI

No other Reds have faced Doubront.

Red Sox vs. Bailey (RHP)

Grady Sizemore (12): .200/.333/.200, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Shane Victorino (12): .364/.417/.636, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Jonathan Herrera (3): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double, 2 RBIs

Dustin Pedroia (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI

David Ross has one strikeout and no hits in two plate appearances vs. Bailey.

Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Mike Carp, Jonny Gomes, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz and A.J. Pierzynski have not faced Bailey.

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