Tuesday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Erasmo Ramirez
|06.24.14 at 8:30 am ET|
While Peavy (1-5, 4.52 ERA) has not earned a win since April 25, he has been the victim of bad luck on multiple occasions. Peavy has only received 3.33 runs of support per game this season — the third-lowest mark in the American League — while Boston has only won four of the 10 games in which Peavy left with the team winning, tied or trailing by just one run.
In his last start Thursday against the Athletics, Peavy took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) over 6 1/3 innings while throwing 117 pitches — his highest total since Sept. 5, 2013. It was the fifth consecutive loss for Peavy, equaling the longest losing streak of his career.
“Just physically I didn’t feel very good, to start,” Peavy said after the game. “Just not in sync. It’s no excuse, but I’m just stating the facts. Physically, I wasn’t good and on point there for a bit.”
Peavy’s last appearance against Seattle was on June 4, 2013, when the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was still a member of the White Sox. Peavy was rocked in that outing, surrendering six earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings. In 10 career starts against the Mariners, Peavy is 5-2 with a 3.03 ERA.
Ramirez (1-4, 4.62 ERA) has struggled of late, posting a 0-4 record with a 4.97 ERA over his last nine starts. The 24-year-old righty has not won a game since his first start of the season back on April 1.
However, he turned in perhaps his best start of the season Thursday against the Padres, surrendering just two hits over six scoreless innings of work. Ramirez would not get the win, though, as M’s reliever Dominic Leone gave up four runs in the seventh inning en route to a 4-1 loss.
“We just couldn’t get to Ramirez,” Padres manager Bud Black said after the game. “Whether we were behind the fastball or ahead of the change, he and [catcher John Buck] had us going back and forth all day. He had us in the vice grips. But they made a pitching change and it got us going.”
Ramirez struggled in his last start against Boston, allowing seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. In two career starts against the Red Sox, Ramirez is 0-0 with a 8.59 ERA.
Red Sox vs. Ramirez (RHP)
A.J. Pierzynski (5 plate appearances): .200/.200/.400, 1 double
Stephen Drew (4): .000/.250/.000, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Daniel Nava (4): .000/.000/.000
David Ortiz (4): .000/.500/.000, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Dustin Pedroia (4): 250/.250/.250, 1 single, 2 strikeouts
Jonny Gomes (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 single, 2 strikeouts
Brock Holt (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 single, 1 RBI
Mike Napoli has one walk in two plate appearances vs. Ramirez.
Mariners vs. Peavy (RHP)
Endy Chavez (15): .357/.357/.571, 1 triple, 1 RBI
Robinson Cano (12): .417/.417/.833, 1 home run, 4 RBIs
Kyle Seager (11): .273/.273/.636, 1 home run, 2 RBIs
Dustin Ackley (10): .500/.600/.750, 2 doubles, 2 strikeouts
John Buck (10): .333/.400/1.000, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs
Jesus Montero (6): .167/.167/.333, 1 double, 1 strikeout
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