On Monday night the Red Sox will be in Baltimore to open a four-game series with the second-place Orioles. The Sox will send Rick Porcello to the mound for the opener to face rookie right-hander Dylan Bundy.
Porcello is 20-4 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.002 WHIP, all among the best marks in the American League. On Wednesday against the Orioles, Porcello went eight innings, allowing just one run, four hits and no walks with six strikeouts but was the hard-luck loser in a 1-0 game. The lone run came via a Mark Trumbo home run in the second inning. It was Porcello’s first loss at Fenway this season.
“Rick was outstanding,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He settled in. He takes the ball off the calf [on a line drive in the second inning], was able to maintain staying loose, got better as the game went on.”
Against the Orioles, the right-hander is 3-8 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.365 WHIP in 14 starts. Before Wednesday, Porcello last pitched against the O’s in June, going six innings, giving up five runs, six hits (three home runs) and no walks with three strikeouts.
Bundy is 9-5 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.395 WHIP in 34 games (12 starts). He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013 and is currently in the middle of his first full season. The former fourth overall pick began the year in the Orioles bullpen but was moved to the starting rotation in mid July. As a starter, Bundy is 7-4 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.314 WHIP in 12 outings. Over his last four starts he has struggled, posting a 6.27 ERA. Against the Sox on Tuesday, he threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, six hits and four walks with four strikeouts in a 6-3 Orioles win.
Against the Sox, Bundy is 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.979 WHIP in six games (two starts). Prior to Tuesday, the 23-year-old’s last start against Boston came on Aug. 17. In that outing, he went 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, nine hits (two home runs) and two walks with two strikeouts.
Red Sox vs. Bundy (RHP)
Mookie Betts is 3-for-8 with 1 home run, 1 RBI and 1 walk.
Xander Bogaerts is 3-for-9 with 1 home run, 1 RBI and 2 strikeouts.
Dustin Pedroia is 4-for-8 with 1 double, 1 RBI and 1 walk.
David Ortiz is 2-for-8 with 1 double and 1 RBI.
Travis Shaw is 4-for-8 with 2 doubles and 1 RBI.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is 2-for-6 with 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 1 strikeouts.
Hanley Ramirez is 1-for-6 with 1 strikeout.
Brock Holt is 3-for-4 with 1 double.
Chris Young is 1-for-2 with 2 walks.
Sandy Leon is 2-for-3 with 1 home run and 2 RBIs.
Christian Vazquez 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.
Andrew Benintendi is 0-for-1 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
Ryan Hanigan is 0-for-1 with 1 RBI, 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
Orioles vs. Porcello (RHP)
Adam Jones (41 plate appearances): .244 AVG./.244 OBP/.415 SLG, 1 double, 2 home runs, 8 RBIs, 11 strikeouts
Chris Davis (33): .250/.273/.563, 1 double, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts
J.J. Hardy (26): .440/.423/.520, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 5 strikeouts
Manny Machado (26): .333/.346/.375, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts
Mark Trumbo (22): .318/.318/.727, 3 home runs, 6 RBIs, 4 strikeouts
Matt Wieters (19): .250/.368/.313, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Michael Bourn (18): .222/.222/.444, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts
Ryan Flaherty (15): .429/.467/.643, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk
Nolan Reimold (10): .200/.200/.200.
Jonathan Schoop is 0-for-9 with 1 walk.
Drew Stubbs is 3-for-10 with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI and 3 strikeouts.
Caleb Joseph is 1-for-4 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Pedro Alvarez is 1-for-6 with 3 strikeouts.
Hyun Soo Kim is 1-for-3.
Steve Pearce is 0-for-3.
Francisco Pena is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout.