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Monday’s Red Sox-Cubs matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Jake Arrieta

06.30.14 at 8:46 am ET
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The Red Sox return home for a three-game series against the Cubs on Monday when they send Jake Peavy to the mound against Jake Arrieta.

With the Red Sox rotation getting more and more crowded, Peavy (1-6, 4.93 ERA) may be pitching for his starting job. The Sox have seven pitchers fighting for five spots, and Peavy may be the worst of them all right now. The right-hander hasn’t won a start since April 25 and has an ERA north of 5.00 in each of the last two months. He’s 0-5 with a 6.38 ERA in his last nine starts.

Things got about as bad as they have been all season for Peavy on Tuesday night in Seattle. He lasted just five innings after giving up seven runs on eight hits, including two home runs, in an 8-2 loss to the Mariners.

“Nothing’s fun about getting beat, especially when you don’t do your job and get beat,” Peavy said after the game. “It’s just frustrating. There’s no other way to say it. When you get beat and you’re playing from behind all night, it’s not fun. You feel like you get back in it and you have some chances and come so close to turning the double play there, maybe change the momentum of the game or the inning, get something to bounce our way.”

Peavy hasn’t faced the Cubs since May 30, 2013, when he was pitching for the White Sox. He got knocked around in that outing, allowing six runs on eight hits over just four innings in an 8-3 Cubs win. Peavy has been effective against the Cubs for most of his career, however, going 7-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 14 career starts.

Alternatively, Arrieta (4-1, 2.05 ERA) has been at his best as of late. The righty is 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in his last five starts. He took a perfect game into the seventh in his last outing against the Reds on Tuesday before giving up two runs on three hits in a nine-strikeout performance.

“He was commanding his pitches,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said after the game. “His pitches had life.”

Arrieta last opposed the Red Sox on April 10, 2013, in a no-decision while pitching for the Orioles early last season. He gave up three runs, three hits and four walks in an 8-5 Baltimore win at Fenway Park. Arrietta is 0-3 with a 5.90 ERA in six appearances against the Sox.

Cubs vs. Peavy (RHP)

Luis Valbuena (17 plate appearances): .462 AVG/.529 OBP/.615 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Starlin Castro (16): .267/.313/.267, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Nate Schierholtz (6): .000/.000/.000 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Darwin Barney (5): .250/.400/.250, 1 RBI

Chris Coghlan (4): .667/.750/.667, 1 walk

Justin Ruggiano (4): .000/.000/.000

Ryan Sweeney (4): .500/.500/.750,  1 double, 2 strikeouts

Anthony Rizzo (3): .333/.333/1.000, 1 triple, 1 strikeout

Welington Castillo has a hit in two career plate appearances.

Travis Wood has a home run and four RBIs in two career plate appearances.

Red Sox vs. Arrieta (RHP)

Dustin Pedroia (14 plate appearances): .308 AVG/.357 OBP/.538 SLG, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (8): .500/.625/1.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

David Ortiz (8): .286/.375/.571, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Mike Napoli (7): .333/.429/.833, 1 HR, 1 RBI, walk

A.J. Pierzynski (7): .800/.857/2.000, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 walks

Jackie Bradley has a walk in two career plate appearances.

Stephen Drew hitless in two career plate appearances.

David Ross has a home run and four RBIs in two career plate appearances.

Jonny Gomes struck out in his lone plate appearance.

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