|Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: David Price vs. R.A. Dickey||06.03.16 at 9:05 am ET|
Following last weekend’s eventful series in Toronto, the Red Sox will welcome the Blue Jays to Fenway Park for another three-game series. In Friday’s opener the Sox will send former Blue Jay David Price to the mound, while Toronto will counter with knuckleballer R.A Dickey.
Price is 7-1 with a 5.11 ERA and 1.223 WHIP. On Sunday the Sox ace made his first start back at the Rogers Centre since joining Boston. In that start Price went 6 1/3 innings but wasn’t rewarded with a decision after giving up two runs, five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in a game the Sox won 5-3 in 11 innings. Toronto fans showed their appreciation for Price by clapping when he was pulled from the game.
“I mean, I wanted to go out there and help us win,” Price said after the start. “This is a very tough lineup to navigate through, one through nine. Swings the bat extremely well, so for me, I wanted to continue with what I have done my past couple starts and give us a chance to win.”
Price also faced Toronto on April 16, picking up the win after pitching seven innings and allowing two runs, six hits and no walks while recording nine strikeouts.
|Closing Time: Clay Buchholz picks up win in relief as Red Sox beat Blue Jays in extra innings||05.29.16 at 5:25 pm ET|
It wasn’t easy, but the Red Sox came away with the win.
With the game tied at three in the 11th inning, Dustin Pedroia hit a ground-rule double scoring Blake Swihart who walked to open the frame and that was followed by a RBI ground out from Xander Bogaerts as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-3 in 11 innings.
Clay Buchholz picked up the win in his first appearance since 2008. The right-hander threw a scoreless 10th inning and Koji Uehara earned the save with a scoreless 11th.
Buchholz and Uehara were able to save the Red Sox bullpen, which blew a lead earlier in the game.
With the Red Sox leading 3-2 in the eighth inning, Edwin Encarnacion laced a solo home run to tie the game at three off reliever Heath Hembree. This spoiled David Price’s start as he gave the Red Sox the start they needed coming in losers of three straight.
Making his first start in Toronto against his former team, Price was solid. The left-hander went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three. The three strikeouts were tied for the fewest in a game this season. His only mistake came in the fifth inning when he allowed a two-run home run to Bautista.
With Bautista coming up with one out and the tying run at second base in the seventh inning, Price was removed from the game in favor Hembree. Hembree was able to strike Bautista out and then retire Josh Donaldson to get out of the jam.
Looking to avoid a three-game sweep in Toronto, the Red Sox will send out former Blue Jay David Price to square off against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in Sunday afternoon’s series finale.
Price comes in with a 7-1 record, 5.34 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He leads the league with 76 strikeouts and an average of 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings. After a disappointing first month with the Red Sox, the left-hander is coming off three straight quality starts (all wins). His last outing was last Tuesday against the Rockies, when he pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits and a a walk with six strikeouts, and the Boston offense provided him with plenty of support in an 8-3 win.
“To go out there, knowing you don’t have to be perfect, it’s huge,” Price said afterward. “At some point, we’re going to struggle offensively. That’s when the pitchers are going to have to come together.”
In 22 career starts against Toronto, Price is 17-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He has more wins against the Jays than any other team he’s faced. Price last faced Toronto on April 16 and gave up two runs on six hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings as Boston grabbed a 4-2 win.
|Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Rick Porcello vs. R.A. Dickey||04.15.16 at 8:39 am ET|
In a rematch of their duel last Saturday, Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello will face off against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey as the teams begin a four-game series.
In his first start of the season, Porcello came up victorious in a game the Red Sox won 8-4. He went six innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out seven. He struggled early but eventually settled down. The Red Sox bats kept him in the game and earned him a win, as they twice came back to gain the lead.
“With the lineup that we have, and the things that they’re doing right now, our job is to keep us in the game and pitch as deep as possible,” Porcello said after the win. “That’s it. That being said, you face some tough lineups, it can be a challenge, but we’ve got a great lineup and really really good defense, and that’s to our advantage.”
Said manager John Farrell: “After the first three innings, I thought he settled in. He stayed out of the plate much more consistently. Got a number of ground balls. I thought his sinker, at the bottom of the strike zone today, was as good as we’ve seen in quite some time. He did bend, but he didn’t break.”
In 12 career starts against the Blue Jays, Porcello is 5-7 with a 5.35 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 19 walks.
Dickey was hit hard by the Red Sox on Saturday in Toronto. He lasted five innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits. He walked two and struck out nine. Less than a week later, he faces the same lineup that roughed him up the first time around.
“If you wallow in it, it doesn’t help anybody,” Dickey said after the game. “So if there’s one thing that experience has taught me, it’s that you’ve got to turn the page quickly. Take what you can — bad and good — out of the outing and turn the page quickly. That’s what we need to do.”
In 17 career starts against the Red Sox, Dickey is 6-7 with a 4.50 ERA, 94 strikeouts and 30 walks.
|Saturday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Rick Porcello vs. R.A. Dickey||04.09.16 at 9:12 am ET|
In the second game of the season’s first weekend series, the Red Sox will have righty Rick Porcello on the hill for his 2016 debut. He will be opposed by Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
The 2015 season was a forgettable one for Porcello. Before he even made his first start with the club, the Red Sox signed him to a four-year, $82.5 million extension. Along with the high price tag came high expectations, and Porcello certainly did not live up to them. In one of his worst seasons statistically, he went 9-15 with a career worst 4.92 ERA and 149 strikeouts.
His spring training brought more cause for concern, as he struggled to find consistent success and had a several rough outings. Red Sox manager John Farrell echoed this in an interview after Porcello was hit hard by the Orioles in a Grapefruit League matchup.
“He’s capable of better,” Farrell said on March 28. “He has shown that. We need Rick to pitch to his strengths, which are continually worked on. He’s working at it to continue to refine it and gain that consistency. We need him to be a little bit more consistent.”
In 11 career starts against the Blue Jays, Porcello is 4-7 with a 5.29 ERA.
Dickey and Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright originally were to match up on Saturday, which would have been the first time in 16 years that two knuckleballers started against each other, but Thursday’s cancellation in Cleveland caused the Sox to tweak the pitching schedule.
|Saturday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Wade Miley vs. R.A. Dickey||09.19.15 at 8:07 am ET|
Miley (11-10, 4.41 ERA) last pitched eight days ago, allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings against the Rays. He left with a 4-3 lead, but the Boston bullpen could not hold it, as Tampa Bay scored five in the eighth for an 8-4 decision.
The left-hander is 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays this season, both in Toronto. On July 2 he picked up the win despite allowing four runs on seven hits and seven walks in five innings. He previously faced the Jays on May 8, a 7-0 Boston loss in which he allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings, with eight strikeouts.
In three career starts vs. Toronto, Miley has a 9.24 ERA.
|Tuesday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Henry Owens vs. R.A. Dickey||09.08.15 at 8:20 am ET|
For the middle game of a three-game series at Fenway, 23-year-old Red Sox rookie Henry Owens will take on 40-year-old Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Owens (2-2, 5.87 ERA) began this year in Pawtucket. He was called up Aug. 4 when Rick Porcello was placed on the DL, and remained in the rotation after Porcello returned. Owens has made six starts, and four of them were promising — three runs or less. However, he struggled in his most recent outing, lasting just 1 2/3 innings against the Yankees and allowing seven runs (all earned) on six hits — including two home runs — and two walks in last Wednesday’s 13-8 loss. Owens retired the first four Yankees but then allowed eight straight to reach base.
“It wasn’t his best day. We all know that,” Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “He started off really strong and it happened pretty quick when they jumped on him.”
Owens was the victim of some rookie hazing on Sunday, as his teammates taped him to a pole in the dugout during their 6-2 victory over the Phillies.
|Monday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. R.A. Dickey||06.29.15 at 8:18 am ET|
Buccholz’s last start came Wednesday night when the Orioles were at Fenway Park. He tossed seven innings and gave up just one earned run on eight hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. The outing was his third straight lasting six or more innings and his second consecutive one allowing fewer than two earned runs.
“[I] was able to throw some changeups in some big spots and was able to use the cutter on both sides of the plate,” Buchholz said Wednesday. “They hit some balls pretty hard right at some guys and defense made the plays on them, so that always helps, too.”
Over his last nine starts, Buchholz has a 2.48 ERA in 61 2/3 innings, holding opponents to a .246/.291/.336 slash line. Of those nine outings, the righty has only surrendered more than three earned runs twice, when he conceded four in consecutive starts on June 7 and June 13. Buchholz’s recent success has helped improve his season record to 5-6 and his ERA to 3.68.
The Blue Jays are one team that Buchholz is very familiar with, especially on the road in Toronto. With 26 career starts against the Jays, and 27 total appearances, Buchholz has been on the hill at the Rogers Centre 14 times. Overall, he has a 3.51 ERA and a 12-9 record through 166 2/3 innings vs. the Blue Jays, and that improves to a 2.30 ERA with a 9-3 mark over 94 innings in Toronto. Opposing Jays batters slash .233/.309/.320 against Buchholz, and he manages an even more impressive .208/.286/.270 when away from home. Out of teams that he’s made at least six starts against, Buchholz’s 1.138 WHIP at Toronto’s field is his second best. Only his 0.952 mark at Tropicana Field is better.
In three starts vs. the Jays this season, Buchholz is 1-1 with a 6.60 ERA, though two of those outings were at home. In his one start at the Rogers Centre, he pitched 6 1/3 innings while giving up just three earned runs with as many walks and strikeouts. At Fenway, he pitched 2 2/3 innings on April 28 and 4 2/3 innings on June 13 against Toronto, allowing four earned runs in each abbreviated start.
|Saturday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. R.A. Dickey||06.13.15 at 8:35 am ET|
The Red Sox‘ starter on Opening Day, Buchholz has posted a 3-6 record to go along with a 4.07 ERA this season. The right-handed hasn’t been the ace that some hoped he’d be, but he has pitched better than those numbers might suggest.
Buchholz sports a FIP of 2.92, and only allowed more than three earned runs in four of his 12 starts. Buchholz has pitched well enough to have a better record than he does, but the Sox offense often has lacked in providing run support for him. In seven of the 30-year-old’s starts, the Red Sox have scored just one run.
That being said, his last outing was not an ugly one. On Sunday against Oakland, he lasted just 4 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on 10 hits and two walks. For once, Buchholz got bailed out by the Sox offense, as the Sox won 7-4 and Buchholz got away with a no-decision.
“Every game is big from here on out,” Buchholz said June 2 after a recording a win. “Obviously we haven’t played up the caliber of players we have on this team. The bar is set pretty high for this club. There’s nobody in this clubhouse that doesn’t expect that. I don’t think anybody would want it any other way.”
With the exception of his most recent start, Buchholz has been very good over the past month. In his past six starts combined, he has thrown 41 2/3 innings and amassed a 2.59 ERA.
|Red Sox-Blue Jays series preview||06.12.15 at 10:09 am ET|
After a disappointing three-game sweep at the hands of the Orioles, the Red Sox head back to Fenway for a weekend series with the Blue Jays. The Sox had swept their first series of the season last weekend against the A’s and looked to build momentum down at Camden Yards.
The team failed to do so, losing all three contests and falling back to the cellar of the AL East, now seven games behind the division-leading Yankees. In the month of June, the Sox have gone an even 5-5, pushing their record to an inadequate 27-34 on the season.
The Sox have been unable to sustain momentum all year, and just followed their best series of the year with one of their worst.
While the Red Sox have struggled to the bottom of the muddled AL East, the Blue Jays sit at third in the division. They are three games back of the Yankees, one behind Tampa Bay, and a game ahead of the Orioles.
The Toronto squad comes to Yawkey Way on a hot streak, having won eight straight games. The recent winning streak has put the Jays back on the right side of .500, with a 31-30 record.
Toronto owns the most potent offense in all of baseball, having scored 325 runs. The Jays are a whopping 50 runs ahead of the second-place Yankees. The differential between the Jays and Yanks is more than that between the Yankees and the 25th-place Red Sox (228 runs).
The Blue Jays rank first in team slugging percentage, first in team OPS and third in batting average. With 75 home runs, they have knocked the fourth-most round-trippers in the majors.
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