|Sunday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: David Price vs. Nathan Eovaldi||05.01.16 at 7:55 am ET|
Red Sox ace David Price will get his first taste of the team’s rivalry with the Yankees on Sunday night when he faces off against righty Nathan Eovaldi in the series finale.
Price has had an up-and-down start to the season, but despite some shaky outings he has not suffered a loss. His record sits at 3-0 with a 5.76 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. In his last outing on Tuesday against the Braves he looked sharp, going eight innings and allowing two runs on six hits. He walked two and tied his career high in strikeouts with 14.
“I don’t care about strikeouts,” Price said after the game. “I just want to go out there and pitch as deep as I can into games. … I just executed whenever I was ahead.”
In 31 appearances (30 starts) against the Yankees, Price is 13-7 with a 4.04 ERA and 1.299 WHIP. He has walked 62 and struck out 173 in 191 2/3 innings.
Eovaldi is 1-2 through four starts with a 4.38 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. In his last outing on Monday against the Rangers, however, he was dominant. He went seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, and even took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning. The 26-year-old Texas native walked two and struck out six as the Yankees went on to win 3-1.
“In the fifth inning. I realized I had [a no-hitter] going on. Once it’s over with, it’s over with,” Eovaldi said following the outing. “And I just want to try to go as deep in the game as I can. … When it was hit, I thought it was an out. But with the shift, the ball made it through.”
Added Mark Teixeira on Eovaldi’s performance: “We saw tonight what we saw toward the end of last year, and we’d love for that to continue. Uncomfortable swings. You can tell how good a guy is and how good his stuff is by the reaction of the hitters. They’re swinging at pitches in the dirt or they’re swinging at pitches over their heads because it’s just an uncomfortable at-bat.”
In three career starts against the Red Sox, Eovaldi is 2-0 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.412 WHIP. He has walked two and struck out seven in 17 innings.
|Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Michael Pineda||04.30.16 at 8:00 am ET|
Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello will look to remain perfect on the season when he goes opposite righty Michael Pineda and the rival Yankees at Fenway Park on Saturday night.
Porcello has a sterling 4-0 record through four starts, with a 3.51 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. In his most recent outing Monday against the Braves, he only needed one run of support to get a win for his team. He threw 6 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just four hits. He walked two and struck out six as the Red Sox won the game 1-0. He looked dialed in and comfortable on the mound from the first pitch.
“It feels good that I’m not out there searching for something and trying to make an adjustment during a game,” Porcello said after the win.
In 11 career starts against the Yankees, Porcello is 5-4 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.248 WHIP. He has struck out 48 and walked 16 in 71 1/3 innings pitched.
Pineda is off to a rocky start in 2016, as his record sits at 1-2 through four starts to go with an ugly 6.95 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. His last time out on Sunday against the Rays was his worst start of the season. He allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits, four of which were home runs. He walked one and struck out nine as the Yankees went on to lose 8-1.
“There were some balls that were middle,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said of Pineda after the game. “He made some pitches, and then he left some out over the plate.”
In seven starts against the Red Sox, Pineda is 4-3 with a 4.86 ERA and 1.081 WHIP. He has 38 strikeouts to go with just three walks in 37 innings of work.
|Friday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Henry Owens vs. Masahiro Tanaka||04.29.16 at 9:24 am ET|
The Red Sox will send young lefty Henry Owens to the hill on Friday as they open a three-game series against the Yankees. He will be opposed by Masahiro Tanaka.
Owens will look to rebound after struggling through his first start of the season with the Red Sox on Sunday against the Astros. After his call-up from the minors, he lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits. The biggest issue he ran into was issuing free passes, something that plagued him in his previous big league stint last year as well. He had four walks to go with four strikeouts and did not factor into the decision. The Red Sox would go onto win 7-5 in 12 innings.
In two career starts against the Yankees, Owens is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA and 2.100 WHIP. He has struck out seven and walked three in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Coincidentally, both times Owens faced the Yankees, Tanaka was the opposing pitcher. Owens is looking forward to the third matchup.
“It should be fun,” he said. “It’s a rematch. It’s Tanaka again, so that should be good. Hopefully, I get a little redemption.”
Tanaka is off to a solid start in 2016, as he is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 0.97 WHIP through four starts. In his last outing Sunday against the Rays, he went seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk with strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision, but the Yankees wound up victorious, 3-2.
One interesting note on the 27-year-old Tanaka is that after surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow last season, he has not thrown his four-seam fastball nearly as often. He feels it is still a part of his pitching arsenal moving forward, however.
“Obviously, my four-seam fastball will be used,” Tanaka said recently. “For me, I don’t look at it so differently. There’s not that much velocity difference from the four-seam and the two-seam. But I’m moving the ball with the two-seamer and getting better results, so that’s why I’m leaning toward that way.”
In seven starts against the Red Sox, Tanaka is 4-2 with a 5.13 ERA and 1.240 WHIP. He has walked nine and struck out 32 in 40 1/3 innings of work.
|Thursday’s Red Sox-Braves matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Jhoulys Chacin||04.28.16 at 8:29 am ET|
Looking for a sweep of their four-game set with the Braves, the Red Sox send Clay Buchholz to the mound Thursday night against right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.
Through four starts, Buchholz has yet to register a win. His record sits at 0-2 to go with a 6.33 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He has just one quality start this season, and has allowed five earned runs on three occasions. In his last start Saturday against the Astros, he took the loss after going 5 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six as the Red Sox went on to lose 8-3.
The turning point in the game came in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, when Buchholz appeared to miss his spot on a fastball to Colby Rasmus, who took full advantage by knocking it out of the park for a grand slam.
“It’s a really good pitch whenever you’re able to throw it where you want to, but the ball was moving a lot today,” Buchholz said after the game. “For the most part felt like I did a pretty good job with executing the pitches I was throwing at times. Me and Colby faced each other a lot, he got me today.”
In two career starts against the Braves, Buchholz is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.900 WHIP. He has walked nine and struck out seven in 10 innings.
Chacin has only one decision through three starts this season, as he is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. In his last outing Saturday against the Mets, the 28-year-old Venezuelan took a loss while giving up three runs over 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five as the Braves wound up losing 8-2.
An eight-year major leaguer who played his first six seasons with the Rockies before appearing in five games for the Diamondbacks last season then signing as a free agent with the Braves in the offseason, Chacin has started two games against the Red Sox in his career. He is 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA and 1.875 WHIP. He has seven walks and eight strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings of work.
|Wednesday’s Red Sox-Braves matchups: Steven Wright vs. Bud Norris||04.27.16 at 9:16 am ET|
Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright, who has been a pleasant surprise in the team’s rotation this season, will look to continue that narrative as he faces off against Astros righty Bud Norris on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Wright has put up quality starts in all three of his outings this season, although he only has one win to show for it, as his record sits at 1-2 to go with a dazzling 1.40 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. In his last start Friday against the Astros in Houston, he picked up his first win of the season after going 6 2/3 innings and allowing just one unearned run on four hits. He walked five and struck out six, as the Red Sox came away with a 6-2 victory.
“He’s been the most consistent starter, without question,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the win. “Going back to the conversation in spring training, not knowing where he was going to break with us. Just go out and pitch. And he does a great job of that, whether it’s in either role. To pitch the innings he’s doing, he’s been a stabilizer in the rotation.”
Wednesday night will be Wright’s first career start against the Braves.
Norris has had a rough go of it so far this season, as he’s off to a 1-3 start with a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. In his last start Friday in Atlanta against the Mets, he lasted just four innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out four as the Braves went on to lose the game, 6-3.
“Really kind of frustrating,” said Norris after suffering his third loss of the season. “I’ve got to get better. I know I can pitch deeper [in games] and do a lot better. … I want to turn this around as quick as I can, because it’s still April. I know there’s a lot more in the tank.”
The 31-year-old, who started his career with the Astros in 2009 and also has pitched for the Orioles (2013-15) and Padres (2015), has faced the Red Sox seven times, compiling a 2-3 record with a 3.07 ERA and 1.318 WHIP. He has 41 strikeouts and 19 walks in 44 innings of work.
|Tuesday’s Red Sox-Braves matchups: David Price vs. Matt Wisler||04.26.16 at 9:13 am ET|
Red Sox ace David Price will look to bounce back on Tuesday night in Atlanta when he takes the mound opposite young righty Matt Wisler and the Braves.
While Price has not yet lost a game this season (his record sits at 2-0 through four starts), his ERA sits at a disappointing 7.06 and he has a 1.38 WHIP. This is due largely in part to his last outing on April 21 at home against the Rays. After the Red Sox offense gave him a five-run lead in the first inning, he lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits. He walked two, struck out five and served up two home runs in the outing.
“That’s the best I’ve felt in my four starts here,” Price said after the game. “To me, that’s the most disappointing thing. To feel the way that I felt, [I just didn’t] get the results that I expect.”
In three career starts against the Braves, Price is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA despite a 1.526 WHIP. Price last faced the Braves on Sept. 16 of last season and led the Blue Jays to a 9-1 win, pitching seven innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out nine.
Wisler is 0-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 0.93 WHIP through three starts and one relief appearance this season. In his last start on April 21 against the Dodgers, he lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run (none earned) on four hits. The 23-year-old walked two and struck out six, while the Braves offense could only muster one run of support. Wisler wound up with a no-decision despite an impressive performance, as he came close to outdueling 2014 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.
“He matched pitch-for-pitch one of the premier pitchers in our era, arguably, in Kershaw,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said postgame.
Wisler, who has never pitched in a game against the Red Sox, made his major league debut last June 19 and wound up pitching in 20 games (19 starts), going 8-8 with a 4.71 ERA and 1.459 WHIP.
A seventh-round draft pick of the Padres in 2011, Wisler was traded to Atlanta last April in the deal that sent current Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego.
|Monday’s Red Sox-Braves matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Julio Teheran||04.25.16 at 8:22 am ET|
Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello will look to remain perfect when he takes the mound Monday night against the Braves in Atlanta, where he will face off against righty Julio Teheran.
It’s been smooth sailing thus far for Porcello, starting the year 3-0 with a 4.66 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. In his last start Wednesday against the Rays, he went seven innings (his longest outing of the season), allowing three earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out nine in the Red Sox’ 7-3 win.
“He’s been very consistent with one, staying out of the middle of the plate,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Porcello. “I think his changeup continues to refine itself. He’s getting some swing and miss. He’s putting away a couple of right-handers tonight with a right-on-right changeup. We stake him to a five-run lead and knowing we needed a deep start he gave us everything we could have asked for, but more importantly, staying in command of the count and using his secondary pitches effectively — curveballs early in the count at times — but the fastball-chanegup combination very good for him.”
In two career starts against the Braves, Porcello is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA and 1.105 WHIP. He has 10 strikeouts and three walks over 12 2/3 innings.
Teheran, 25, is off to a rocky start in 2016. In four starts he is 0-2 with a 5.64 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. In his last start Wednesday against the Dodgers, however, he was fairly solid. He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and no walks with three strikeouts. He left with the lead, but the bullpen could not hold it in Atlanta’s 5-3 loss in 10 innings.
“I felt like Julio had given us all he had,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after the loss about Teheran, who pitched through an illness.
Teheran has started one game against the Red Sox. It came June 16 of last season , when he was hit hard for six earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one in his team’s 9-4 loss.
|Sunday’s Red Sox-Astros matchups: Henry Owens vs. Scott Feldman||04.24.16 at 8:08 am ET|
Southpaw Henry Owens will take the hill for the Red Sox on Sunday night after being called up from Triple-A. He is set to square off against Astros right-hander Scott Feldman in the series finale.
The 23-year-old Owens joined the Red Sox rotation late in the 2015 season, making 11 starts from August to October. He went 4-4 over that span with a 4.57 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 63 innings of work. After a rocky spring training, he started the year in Pawtucket and has pitched well out of the gate. In three starts with the PawSox, Owens is 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He has walked 10 and struck out 23 over 18 innings. When Joe Kelly was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, Owens was the first option to replace him in Triple-A. During the early stages of spring training, many felt it would be a battle between Kelly and Owens to earn the fifth spot in the Red Sox rotation.
“This is awesome. I remember in high school, it was the same thing, competing for a varsity spot,” Owens said during spring training. “The first big league camp I was at, after the won the World Series, I knew there wasn’t really a spot for me. Last year kind of the same thing. I knew there was a little competition, but it was kind of set in stone. This year I truly believe there’s a spot up for grabs, and everyone else knows that so we’ll be out there competing against each other.”
Sunday will mark Owens’ first career start against the Astros.
Feldman will be seeking his first win of the season Sunday, as he his record sits at 0-2 through three starts. In his most recent outing on April 19 against the Rangers, Feldman went five innings and allowed four runs (three earned). He walked three and struck out just one in a game the Astros would go on to lose 7-5.
“[Feldman] just couldn’t put away hitters,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said following the loss. “They had a lot of guys that put swings on the ball with two strikes and found a way to do something. … Every time we did something, they seemed to answer back.”
Feldman has appeared in 13 games against the Red Sox, including seven starts, going 1-4 with a 7.24 ERA and 1.783 WHIP. He has walked 21 and struck out 25 in 46 innings.
|Saturday’s Red Sox-Astros matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Mike Fiers||04.23.16 at 7:50 am ET|
A pair of righties will go head-to-head Saturday afternoon in Houston, as Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz will take on Mike Fiers of the Astros in the middle game of a three-game series.
Despite putting forth an impressive performance in his last outing on Marathon Monday, Buchholz did not come away with his first win of the season. He went 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Blue Jays and allowed six hits. He walked two, struck out two and left with the lead, but it was squandered by the bullpen. Although he has no win to show for it, it was a step in the right direction for Buchholz.
“In that situation, given the two prior starts, the last start going out for the sixth and not getting out — it’s good to have a start where you can look back at all the good things, rather than look back at what if he would have taken me out an inning earlier, or a hitter earlier,” Buchholz said after the game. “It’s good to have a good start. You would much rather win the start, but it’s good to get off on the right foot with one start moving forward.”
Added Buchholz: “With the lineup that we faced these four games is not an easy lineup to pitch around any one person to get to the next guy. I felt really good with just about everything. My curveball came to me a little later. The fastball-changeup-cutter mix was probably the best I’ve felt.”
In four career starts against the Astros, Buchholz is 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 0.796 WHIP. He has four walks and 39 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings of work.
Fiers is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. In his last start on Sunday against the Tigers, he picked up his first win after going 5 2/3 innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits. He walked none, stuck out five and allowed three home runs in a game the Tigers wound up winning 5-4.
“My team picked me up,” Fiers said after the win. “It’s a bad start for me. I kept us in the game, but these guys played great defense for me and hit as well. I think they picked me up today for use.”
Saturday will be Fiers’ first time pitching against the Red Sox. The 30-year-old played his first 3 1/2 seasons with the Brewers before being sent to Houston at the trade deadline last year.
|Friday’s Red Sox-Astros matchups: Steven Wright vs. Collin McHugh||04.22.16 at 8:44 am ET|
The Red Sox will kick off a three-game series against the Astros on Friday by sending out knuckleballer Steven Wright. He will be seeking his first win of the season while facing off against righty Collin McHugh.
Both of Wright’s first two starts have come against the Blue Jays, and he has given the Red Sox two solid outings despite losing both of them. In his last start on Sunday, he went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out six and did not walk a single batter. The Red Sox went on to lose the game, 5-3.
In a scary moment during the game, Wright hit Blue Jays batter Chris Colabello in the head. The look of concern on Wright’s face made it clear the pitch was unintentional. The next day, Colabello had a nice bottle of liquor sent to him from Wright as an apology.
“Steven decided that he was gong to send over a gift,” Colabello revealed. “He didn’t have to. I’m sure that’s not cheap, too.”
Wright has had had two career appearances against the Astros, including one start. In five total innings he has a 7.20 ERA and 1.400 WHIP, along with five strikeouts and two walks. He has not factored into a decision in either of those outings.
McHugh is 1-2 in three starts to begin the year. In his last outing last Saturday against the Tigers, he was hit hard. He allowed four runs on 10 hits, lasting 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked none in a game both he and the Astros would lose.
“I thought McHugh hung in there pretty well,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after the game. “He obviously had a couple of innings where they got back-to-back doubles, got a couple hits in a row, they had guys on base the whole game. Just traffic all over the place and they never let up.”
In three career starts against the Red Sox, McHugh is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and 1.582 WHIP. He has 11 strikeouts and eight walks in 18 1/3 innings.
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