The Red Sox close out their series with the Yankees with Joe Kelly on the mound against Adam Warren on Sunday night at Fenway Park.
In a rotation plagued by inconsistency, Kelly (1-0) is no exception. However, he arguably has been the most effective of the five starters. His lone win came in his first start against the Yankees. Since then, however, Kelly’s production has dipped, as he has allowed five runs in each of his last two starts. The 26-year-old has a 4.94 ERA on the season and leads Red Sox starters with a 1.10 WHIP, a .207 batting average against, and seven strikeouts per start.
In his last outing, Kelly went six innings against the Blue Jays, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks. Toronto jumped on him early, with three runs in the first inning. Kelly allowed a run in the third on a home run to Devon Travis and one run in the fourth. The good news in the start was the 10 strikeouts that he tallied, which was his season high. He was also able to keep the ball on the ground more often than in previous starts, with seven balls in play being hit on the ground and just five in the air.
“The positive is you’re not going to find better arm strength, better velocity,” manager John Farrell said after the game. “At times he may over throw occasionally and mis-locate such as the 0-2 pitch to [Devon] Travis [home run]. It’s electric stuff and as he begins to harness it and understand when he’s most effective. And that is when he’s using his secondary pitches as well, he’s got big-time stuff.”
In three career starts against the Yankees, Kelly is 3-0 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He has struck out 17 while walking eight in 21 innings of work.
Kelly’s opponent, Warren, is in his first year as a full-time starter with the Yankees. Through four starts, he is 1-1. His win came against the Tigers while his loss came at the hands of the Red Sox in his first start. The 27-year-old native of Birmingham, Alabama, holds an ERA of 4.35, a 1.40 WHIP and a .263 batting average against. He has not gone past 5 2/3 innings in 2015.
In his last start, a no decision against the Rays, Warren went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits in a game that New York would eventually win 4-1. He struck out six without allowing a walk. Of balls put in play, just four were on the ground while 12 were put in the air.
In 18 career appearances against the Red Sox (just his last one was a start), Warren is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, 29 strikeouts and 11 walks. In nine appearances at Fenway, Warren is 0-1 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1. 45 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings.
Yankees vs. Kelly (RHP)
Garrett Jones (15 plate appearances): .154 AVG/.267 OBP/.308 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
Brian McCann (11): .273/.273/.273
Chase Headley (10): .250/.400/.375, 1 double, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Chris Young (7): .286/.286/.429, 1 double, 1 RBI
Carlos Beltran (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Stephen Drew (6): .200/.333/.600, 1 triple, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Didi Gregorius (4): .333/.250/.333, 2 RBIs
Alex Rodriguez (3): .333/.333/.333
Brett Gardner has five strikeouts in six plate appearances vs. Kelly.
Jacoby Ellsbury has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Kelly.
Mark Teixeira has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Kelly.
John Ryan Murphy has one walk in two plate appearances vs. Kelly.
Gregorio Petit has two strikeouts in two plate appearances vs. Kelly.
Red Sox vs. Warren (RHP)
Dustin Pedroia (16): .133/.188/.133, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Mike Napoli (13): .273/.385/.545, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Daniel Nava (13): .545/.615/1.091, 1 HR, 3 doubles, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
David Ortiz (10): .125/.300/.500, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
Xander Bogaerts (9): .250/.250/.500, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Ryan Hanigan (7): .400/.571/.600, 1 double, 2 walks
Brock Holt (7): .333/.429/.333, 1 walk
Mookie Betts (2): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double, 2 RBIs
Pablo Sandoval (2): .500/.500/.500
Allen Craig has one walk and one strikeout in six plate appearances vs. Warren.
Hanley Ramirez has one strikeout in one plate appearance vs. Warren.
Sandy Leon has not faced Warren.