The Red Sox will continue their four-game series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, sending Jake Peavy to the hill against J.A. Happ.
While Peavy (1-8, 4.59 ERA) has been at the forefront of trade rumors over the last few weeks, he hasn’t let the whispers rattle him on the mound, as the righty has posted a 2.84 ERA over his last three starts.
In his last start on July 12 against the Astros, Peavy allowed three earned runs over seven innings while striking out nine, but he got the loss in what was an eventual 3-2 Houston win.
The Sox just can’t seem to put any runs on the board whenever Peavy is on the hill. The Red Sox only averaged 1.5 runs per game in June during Peavy’s outings. Peavy is tired with Seattle’s Chris Young for last in the American League in run support at just 3.16 runs per start.
“It’s not even the run support, it’s just finding a way to win on that day,” Peavy said after his last outing. “I’ve pitched in tight games my whole career and found a way to put us in better situations to win those tight games.”
Peavy earned his only win of the season in his last start against the Blue Jays on April 25, allowing one earned run in seven innings of work. In seven career starts against the Blue Jays, Peavy is 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA.
Happ (7-5, 4.91 ERA) made his last appearance for Toronto out of the bullpen, as the southpaw allowed two earned runs in 2/3 of an inning on July 12 against the Rays.
Happ’s last start was five days earlier, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings en route to 5-2 loss at the hands of the Angels. Happ struggled with locating the strike zone throughout the contest, throwing just 55 of his 98 pitches for strikes.
“I felt like I was in control of that game,” Happ said after the game. “I felt like I was making pitches up until that point. I let the two guys go and that was the difference, the two walks.
“A bloop hit, and a fly ball, might not be RBIs if I don’t walk the two guys. Going from making pitches, feeling good about how the game is going, to that, is certainly frustrating. That was enough.”
In his last start against Boston on May 20, Happ allowed four earned runs in seven innings while striking out six. In six career appearances (five starts) against the Red Sox, Happ is 2-2 with a 5.33 ERA.
Red Sox vs. Happ (LHP)
Jonny Gomes (19 plate appearances): .200/.368/.467, 1 home run, 3 RBIs
Dustin Pedroia (10): .400/.400/.600, 2 doubles, 2 RBI
Shane Victorino (9): .167/.444/.167, 1 single, 3 walks
Stephen Drew (8): .333/.375/.333, 2 singles, 1 walk
Mike Napoli (7): .500/.571/.667, 1 double, 3 strikeouts
David Ortiz (6): .000/.333/.000, 2 walks, 1 RBI
David Ross has one strikeout and one walk in six plate appearances against Happ.
Jackie Bradley Jr. (4): .250/.250/.500, 1 double, 2 strikeouts
Xander Bogaerts has one strikeout in two plate appearances against Happ.
Mike Carp has one single and one walk in two plate appearances against Happ.
Brock Holt has one double and one strikeout in two plate appearances against Happ.
Daniel Nava has one walk and one strikeout in two plate appearances against Happ.
Blue Jays vs. Peavy (RHP)
Jose Reyes (24): .250/.250/.292, 1 double, 5 strikeouts
Jose Bautista (23): .200/.304/.250, 1 double, 5 strikeouts
Melky Cabrera (15): .429/.467/.500, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Colby Rasmus (9): .111/.111/.111, 1 single, 1 strikeout
Dioner Navarro (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 single, 2 strikeouts
Juan Francisco (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 home run, 1 strikeout
Anthony Gose: .000/.333/.000
Dan Johnson has one walk and one strikeout in two plate appearances against Peavy.
Munenori Kawasaki (2): .000/.000/.000