Wednesday’s Red Sox-Twins matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Kevin Correia
|05.14.14 at 8:35 am ET|
Doubront originally was penciled in to start Tuesday’s series opener, but the Sox moved Jake Peavy into that slot instead.
Doubront (1-3, 5.09 ERA) is coming off of arguably his best start of the season, as the southpaw only allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings last Tuesday against the Reds. While Doubront has posted a 3.18 ERA over his last two outings, he has yet to pitch seven complete innings in any starts this season.
“We’re trying to gain some consistency with him to get deeper into games,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Doubront’s performance this year. “Our rotation is going to be critical to us and his contribution is going to be needed.”
Doubront has struggled in his career against Minnesota with a 0-0 record and 9.58 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. In his last start against the Twins on May 8, 2013, Doubront was rocked — allowing six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in what eventually resulted in a 15-8 Boston loss.
After arguably his strongest start of the season against the Orioles on May 3, Correia responded with another poor outing five days later in the Twins’ 9-4 loss in Cleveland. The righty gave up four runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out five for his fourth loss of the season. Correia is 1-4 with a 6.34 ERA this season, but has been better in May after sporting a 7.33 ERA in April.
Correia has made just two career appearances against the Red Sox. The most recent came on May 9, 2013, in a 5-3 win over the Sox at Fenway Park. He pitched 5 1/3 innings in that outing and gave up three runs on nine hits with no walks and a strikeout.
One player worth watching against Correia on Wednesday night is Shane Victorino, who has gotten the best of the righty throughout their respective careers. Victorino has a .471 batting average and .526 on-base percentage with eight hits and six RBIs in 19 career plate appearances against Correia.
Red Sox vs. Correia (RHP)
Shane Victorino (19 plate appearances): .471 AVG/.526 OBP/.706 SLG, 1 HR, 1 double, 6 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
David Ross (16): .200/.250/.267, 1 double, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Jonathan Herrera (10): .111/.200/.111, 1 walk
Jonny Gomes (7): .167/.286/.167 1 RBI, 1 walk
Dustin Pedroia (4): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI
Will Middlebrooks (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double
Mike Napoli (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double
Grady Sizemore (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
David Ortiz and A.J. Pierzynski each have no hits in three at-bats.
Twins vs. Doubront (LHP)
Eduardo Nunez (12): .500/.545/1.000, 2 triples, 1 double
Joe Mauer (6): .500/.667/.750, 1 double, 2 walks
Aaron Hicks (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 single, 2 RBIs
Trevor Plouffe (3): .667/.667/.667, 2 singles, 1 RBI
Brian Dozier (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Kurt Suzuki (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 single, 1 strikeout
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