With the Red Sox looking for their 10th straight victory, Saturday evening’s matchup will feature Cy Young contender Rick Porcello against Rays right-hander Matt Andriese.
Porcello is 21-4 with a 3.08 ERA and a 0.978 WHIP in 31 starts. The sinkerballer picked up his 21st win against the Orioles on Monday with a complete game, giving up two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts in what ended up being a 5-2 Sox win.
“Rick Porcello was outstanding,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said (via MLB.com). “He threw a high number of first-pitch strikes. He was able to induce ground balls. He elevated at appropriate times. He had four pitches working for strikes tonight. He was in complete command for this one.”
The 27-year-old right-hander is 9-4 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.134 ERA in 16 career starts against the Rays. This season Porcello is 4-0 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.038 WHIP in five starts vs. Tampa. His last start against the Rays was on Aug. 29. In that outing he threw seven innings, allowing three runs, six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in a 9-4 Sox win.
Andriese is 8-7 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.229 WHIP in 27 games (17 starts). On Saturday he threw 5/3 innings, allowing two runs, six hits and no walks with three strikeouts in a 5-2 win over the Orioles.
“Good win, a Rays win,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said (via MLB.com). “We pitched well. Everybody came in and did their part. Andriese started it. He had some nasty stuff going, you could tell from the side.”
Against the Red Sox, Andriese is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.220 WHIP in five games (three starts). In three games (two starts) against the Sox this season, Andriese is 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.658 WHIP. On Aug. 29, the 27-year-old right-hander lasted just four innings, giving up seven runs, 10 hits and one walk with four strikeouts in a 9-4 Sox win.
Red Sox vs. Andriese (RHP)
Mookie Betts (11 plate appearances): .455 AVG./.455 OBP/.818 SLG, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-9 with 4 strikeouts.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-8 with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.
David Ortiz is 3-for-9 with 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 2 strikeouts.
Brock Holt is 2-for-8 with 1 double, 2 RBIs and 3 strikeouts.
Sandy Leon is 3-for-8 with 1 double and 3 strikeouts.
Travis Shaw is 1-for-6 with 1 double and 1 strikeout.
Dustin Pedroia is 2-for-3 with 2 walks and 1 strikeout.
Chris Young is 1-for-4 with 1 double, 2 RBIs and 1 strikeout.
Andrew Benintendi is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout.
Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-2 with 1 double.
Aaron Hill is 0-for-1.
Deven Marrero is 1-for-1.
Rays vs. Porcello (RHP)
Alexei Ramirez (56 plate appearances): .164 AVG/.164 OBP/.273 SLG, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts
Evan Longoria (45): .238/.267/.381, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts
Logan Forsythe (29): .296/.345/.370, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Kevin Kiermaier (28): .222/.250/.259, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Brad Miller (19): .222/.263/.778, 1 double, 3 home runs, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts
Corey Dickerson (16): .313/.313/.688, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts
Nick Franklin (16): .200/.250/.267, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts
Bobby Wilson (11): .364/.364/.455, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Curt Casali is 1-for-7 with 2 strikeouts.
Mikie Mahtook is 0-for-1 with 1 strikeout.
Luke Maile is 1-for-1 with 1 double and 1 RBI.