The Red Sox conclude their 2014 season at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon against the rival Yankees. Clay Buchholz will pitch against Michael Pineda during Derek Jeter‘s last-ever game in the major leagues.
Buchholz (8-10, 5.31 ERA) has been resurgent of late, and is looking to gear up for next season. For seven innings last Tuesday against the Rays, the right-hander kept Tampa Bay off the board in a great outing. But in the eighth inning, things fell apart. He was charged with five runs and the loss.
“When you get that deep into a game, not giving up a run yet, it’s tough to swallow giving up five in one inning,” Buchholz said after the game. “But like I said before, it is what it is.”
Save for his start against the Pirates on Sept. 17, Buchholz pitched into the sixth inning in all of his previous nine starts. In three of those outings, he made it into the eighth inning. But one of the worst appearances over a stretch since August happened to come against the Yankees. Buchholz threw 114 pitches by the fifth inning on Aug. 3 against New York, allowing seven runs, eight hits and five walks. Three of the runs were plated by former Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew.
The only other appearance Buchholz has against the Yankees this year came back on April 10 at Yankee Stadium. He took the loss in that one, although he was charged with just two earned runs in six innings.
Jeter has solid numbers against Buchholz in his career. The shortstop has eight hits and two RBIs in 29 career at-bats.
Pineda’s career was derailed for a few seasons after battling injuries. After a promising rookie campaign in 2011, Pineda (4-5, 1.93 ERA) missed all of 2012 and 2013. He made his Yankees debut in April of this year and shined early on. But during on start at the end of the month in Boston, he was caught with a foreign substance on his neck and was ejected from the game after 1 2/3 innings.
“I felt like it was a necessity to say something,” Farrell said. “You know, I fully respect on a cold night you’re trying to get a little bit of a grip. But when it’s that obvious, something has got to be said.”
The 25-year-old actually went down with another injury after that infamous start and did not take the mound in a major league game until early August. Pineda has not shown any rust at all since returning to the team, though, pitching at least five innings every time he’s started since coming back from the disabled list.
Pineda’s previous start last Monday against the Orioles was one of the finest of the year for him. In 7 1/3 innings, he struck out eight and allowed one hit and no runs.
The Red Sox have two extra-base hits against Pineda, a double from David Ortiz and a home run courtesy of Daniel Nava.
Yankees vs. Buchholz (RHP)
Derek Jeter (33 career plate appearances): .276 average/.364 OBP/.310 SLG, 2 RBIs, 1 double, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
Mark Teixeira (25): .174/.210/.435, 7 strikeouts, 2 walks, 5 RBIs, 2 home runs
Brett Gardner (24): .227/.261/.273, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Ichiro Suzuki (15): .214/.267/.214, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Carlos Beltran (6): .500/.500/.667, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Francisco Cervelli (6): .500/.500/.500, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Stephen Drew (6): .500/.500/.667, 1 double, 4 RBIs
Jacoby Ellsbury (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout, 1 RBI
Brian McCann (6): .500/.667/.750, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Brendan Ryan (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Chase Headley (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Chris Young (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts
Austin Romine is 1-for-1 against Buchholz.
Red Sox vs. Pineda (RHP)
Mike Napoli (7): .200/.429/.200, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
David Ortiz (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Jemile Weeks (6): .167/.167/.167
Xander Bogaerts (4): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout
Jackie Bradley (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Daniel Nava (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Brock Holt is 0-for-1 against Pineda in one plate appearance.