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.
Red Sox vs. Teheran (RHP)
Josh Rutledge is 2-for-5 and was hit by a pitch once.
Mookie Betts is 3-for-4 with one double, one triple and one RBI, while Brock Holt is 3-for-4 with one double, one home run and one RBI.
Hanley Ramirez is hitless in four at-bats.
Xander Bogaerts is 2-for-3 with an RBI.
David Ortiz is 0-for-2 with one walk, while Chris Young is 0-for-2 with one strikeout.
Braves vs. Porcello (RHP)
Erick Aybar (33 plate appearances): .185 AVG/.333 OBP/.222 SLG, 1 double, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts
Nick Markakis (31): .407/.452/.556, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout
A.J. Pierzynski (29): .214/.241/.321, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Jeff Francoeur (24): .391/.375/.739, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 2 strikeouts
Tyler Flowers (22): .150/.227/.200, 1 double, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
Kelly Johnson (12): .300/.417/.300, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Drew Stubbs (10): .300/.300/.600, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts
Freddie Freeman (6): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Jace Peterson is 0-for-3 with a strikeout.