Rubby De La Rosa
The Red Sox conclude their three-game home series against the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon, as Ruby De La Rosa will battle with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
De La Rosa (4-5, 3.89 ERA), who started off the year in Triple-A Pawtucket, has found a spot in the major league rotation. Boston fell in his last start against the Rays last Monday, but De La Rosa delivered a quality performance. He went 5 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked none while allowing three runs. Manager John Farrell said after the game that De La Rosa’s good start could be attributed to good offspeed pitches.
“He’s powerful, he had better secondary stuff than last time out,” Farrell said. “I thought he made a number of quality pitches. So many foul balls, which is a product of very good stuff. That ran the pitch count up and we’re not at the point where we’re looking to extend him too far. I thought he kept composure. I thought he repeated his delivery well. That was a solid 5 1/3 innings of work today.”
Previously, De La Rosa pitched against the Blue Jays on Aug. 27. De La Rosa was bailed out by the Boston bats in that one, as he pitched just 4 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. Jose Reyes was one of Toronto’s top performers in that game against De La Rosa with two hits in as many at-bats. Reyes also had one hit against De La Rosa in a July 24 start in Toronto. In that game, De La Rosa was charged with seven runs on nine hits in the loss.
Most of the 25-year-old right-hander’s issues have come on the road, while he’s pitched well in the confines on Fenway Park. At home, De La Rosa has pitched to the tune of a 3.16 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, while on the road his ERA and WHIP are 4.57 and 1.50, respectively.
Like his signature pitch, Dickey (11-12, 3.94 ERA) has been unpredictable over the last two seasons with Toronto. However, his last two outings, including one against the Red Sox, have been solid. He beat Tampa Bay last Tuesday with seven innings and six strikeouts while allowing two runs, and on Aug. 26, Dickey struck out six and allowed just one run in a six-inning no decision against the Red Sox in Toronto.
While Dickey got off to a good start to the year, he hasn’t pitched as well since the All-Star break, carrying an ERA over four since the Midsummer Classic. He especially struggled in August with a 1.47 WHIP, his highest mark this season in a month where he started at least five games.
Slugger David Ortiz has some of the most success against Dickey out of any Red Sox. He carries a .333 average and two home runs into Sunday afternoon’s contest. Will Middlebrooks also has two homers against the knuckleballer. Dustin Pedroia, on the other hand, has only four hits in 25 career plate appearances against Dickey.
Blue Jays vs. De La Rosa (RHP)
Jose Bautista (10 career plate appearances): .286 average/.500 OBP/.286 SLG, 2 walks
Jose Reyes (10): .400/.400/.500, 1 double
Melky Cabrera (9): .375/.444/.500, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 double
Juan Francisco (7): .667/.714/1.667, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 triple, 1 double
Munenori Kawasaki (7): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Dioner Navarro (6): .400/.500/.400, 1 walk
Ryan Goins (5): .400/.400/.600, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Anthony Gose (5): .250/.250/.500, 2 RBIs, 1 double
Danny Valencia (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Edwin Encarnacion (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI
Dan Johnson (3): .333/.333/.333
Adam Lind (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double
Colby Rasmus (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 home run, 1 RBI
Kevin Pillar is 0-for-2 and Josh Thole has one walk in two plate appearances against De La Rosa.
Red Sox vs. Dickey (RHP)
Dustin Pedroia (25): .167/.200/.292, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Mike Napoli (20): .333/.400/.444, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, 3 RBIs, 2 doubles
David Ortiz (20): .300/.400/.444, 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
Yoenis Cespedes (16): .250/.250/.625, 5 strikeouts, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 triple, 1 double
Daniel Nava (15): .214/.200/.286, 2 strikeouts, 1 RBI, 1 double
Will Middlebrooks (12): .364/.417/1.091, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, 2 strikeouts, 2 doubles
Jackie Bradley (11): .200/.273/.500, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk
David Ross (9): .125/.222/.125, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk
Xander Bogaerts (8): .500/.500/.750, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Brock Holt (7): .143/.143/.143, 2 strikeouts
Christian Vazquez (5): .400/.400/.400, 2 strikeouts
Allen Craig (4): .000/.250/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Jemile Weeks (4): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts
Mookie Betts (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk