Joe Kelly

Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Drew Hutchison

June 12, 2015 - 4:39 am

After their trip down the East Coast to Baltimore did not yield a win, the Red Sox return home to open their third series of the year against the Blue Jays. In Friday's opener, Boston will send Joe Kelly to the mound while Drew Hutchison gets the start for the Jays. The pair faced off against one another once already this season on May 9 when Hutchison recorded his third win of the year in a five-inning, one-run effort. Kelly, on the other hand, gave up six earned runs on four hits in 5 2/3 frames and picked up the loss, walking seven and striking out three in the process. Hutchison is still rolling, posting a 5-1 record with a 4.91 ERA on the season, and Kelly has started to make things work for himself recently, too. The Red Sox righty has hurled consecutive starts in which he lasted at least five innings and surrendered just one earned run in each outing. "Whether it's the last couple of starts or even going back to when he first arrived here last year, Joe's got the ability to rise to an occasion inside of a game," manager John Farrell said after Kelly's most recent start against Oakland on Saturday. "Whether it's the ability to reach back and get a little extra velocity, whether it's making a key pitch as he's done the last two starts in particular with men in scoring position, he's got a way about him to keep a moment under control and still execute." Kelly, whose season ERA has fallen from 6.24 to 5.40 over the past two games, grabbed his first win Saturday since his very first start of the year back on April 11. Between victories, he had outright lost four times and registered no-decisions in his other five trips to the hill. Kelly's last 11 innings of work have seen opposing batters slash .222/.286/.289, allowing just two extra-base hits of the 10 total he's conceded in that time. Now through three starts vs. the Blue Jays, two of which have come this year already, Kelly has a 0-1 record with a 6.62 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. He has given up 13 earned runs to Toronto and walked 12, logging a 1.42 WHIP. Jays batters have a .190/.325/.365 slash line with Kelly on the mound, and of the 12 hits the right-hander has granted the Blue Jays, five have been for more than one base. Hutchison also has two outings this year against his division rival, giving up seven earned runs in nine innings for a 7.00 ERA and a 1-0 mark. Cumulatively, the 24-year-old has six starts worth of experience against the Red Sox and a 3-1 record with a 5.34 ERA over 30 1/3 frames to show for it. The Sox have a .318/.374/.477 slash line against Hutchison and have managed 15 extra-base hits out of the 42 total they knocked off him. Hutchison's 1.747 WHIP vs. Boston is his worst among teams he's pitched at least 10 innings against. But the Blue Jays are riding an eight-game winning streak, the longest active run in the majors, and Hutchison is part of the reason why. Though two of his last six starts have resulted in the righty allowing four earned runs each time, he only gave up one, two, zero and one earned run in the other four, respectively. Prior to that run, Hutchison's ERA was 7.47, but since then he's brought it down two and a half points to 4.91. "We expect a lot out of him now, but he's really just starting to scratch the surface of what he can become at this level," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said following Hutchison's most recent start. "A couple of years from now he's going to be pretty darn good." Hutchison has lowered his opponent batting average from .297 to .269 and his season WHIP from 1.60 to 1.29. He recorded a season-high nine strikeouts on May 14 vs. the Astros and now has 59 on the year, picking up 36 in that six-start stretch. Blue Jays vs. Kelly (RHP) Russell Martin (14 plate appearances): .400 AVG/.500 OBP/.800 SLG, 1 double, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Jose Reyes (12): .091/.091/.091, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts Josh Donaldson (10): .500/.600/.500, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Jose Bautista (9): .286/.444/.714, 1 HRn, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Edwin Encarnacion (9): .333/.556/1.000, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout Kevin Pillar (7): .200/.429/.200, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Chris Colabello (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk strikeout Dioner Navarro (3): .000/.000/.000 Ryan Goins has one strikeout in three plate appearances against Kelly. Red Sox vs. Hutchison (RHP) David Ortiz (17 plate appearances): .133 AVG/.176 OBP/.133 SLG, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (14): .308/.357/.308, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Alejandro De Aza (13): .231/.231/.385, 2 doubles, 5 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (12): .500/.500/.583, 1 double, 1 RBI Mike Napoli (11): .444/.545/.778, 3 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Brock Holt (10): .125/.300/.125, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Mookie Betts (9): .500/.556/.750, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Hanley Ramirez (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout Pablo Sandoval (6): .800/.833/1.200, 2 doubles, 1 walks Blake Swihart has one strikeout in two plate appearances vs. Hutchinson.