Wade Miley

Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Wade Miley vs. Aaron Sanchez

May 08, 2015 - 4:22 am

As the Red Sox cross the border into Canada to play the Blue Jays over the weekend, Wade Miley with get the start to open the series against Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Miley was solid in his last outing for Boston, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Yankees, lasting seven innings for the first time all season and giving up just three earned runs on seven hits. The start also was the first this year in which Miley did not issue any walks. Part of that had to do with his ground-ball out ratio, which was better than it had been so far in 2015. "It was a lot better," Miley said after the game Saturday. "Still got in some three-ball counts. Instead of trying to make too good of a pitch, 3-1, 3-0, I just needed to execute a pitch and get a ground-ball out rather than walk a guy." The loss was Miley'€™s third this season to just one win, but had more to do with the two runs of support he got from his team than his actual performance on the mound. His ERA on the year was lowered over a point from 8.62 to 7.15, still the worst in the rotation, but an improvement. Miley has only faced the Blue Jays once in his career, a campaign in 2013 when he went just 1 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs on as many hits. He gave up a home run, walked two and struck out three for an ERA of 27.00. Sanchez has seen the Sox six times total, five as a reliever last season and once as a starter earlier in this one. In 2014, he pitched five innings opposite Boston with a 1.80 ERA, allowing just one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. On April 27 he got a no-decision against the Sox after lasting 5 2/3 frames with three earned runs on five hits, a homer, a walk and seven strikeouts.The Red Sox ended up winning that game 6-5 in walkoff fashion when Mookie Betts knocked in an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth. With an ERA of 4.62 on the season, Sanchez owns a 2-2 record through five starts and 25 1/3 innings. Both of his first outings of the season were losses, but since then he has a win, a no-decision and most recently a win from Saturday against the Indians in which he gave up two runs on four hits. The sophomore pitcher has yet to throw more than 5 2/3 innings in a start this year and has surrendered 20 walks to 21 strikeouts. In a rotation ranked 27th overall in the majors for ERA, Sanchez has the third-best number of starters on his team though he'€™s the No. 5 guy on the staff. So far in 2015, he has opponents hitting .245/.377/.426 against him with a WHIP of 1.697. Blue Jays vs. Wade Miley (LHP) Russell Martin (9 plate appearances): .222 AVG/.222 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 double, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts Justin Smoak (3): .333/.333/.333 Edwin Encarnacion (2): 1.000/1.000/1.500, 1 double Kevin Pillar (1): 1.000/1.000/2.000, 1 double Michael Saunders has five strikeouts in four plate appearances vs. Miley, while Josh Thole has one in three PA and Jeff Francis has one in two. Red Sox vs. Aaron Sanchez (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (8 plate appearances): .167 AVG/.375 OBP/.167 SLG, 2 walks, 1 strikeout David Ortiz (5): .400/.400/.600, 1 double Mookie Betts (3): .500/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Brock Holt (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout Pablo Sandoval (2): 1.000/1.000/2.500, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Allen Craig (1): .000/.000/.000 Xander Bogaerts has one strikeout in four plate appearances against Sanchez, and Daniel Nava has two strikeouts in four PA. Mike Napoli and Hanley Ramirez each have three plate appearances against Sanchez, with one and two strikeouts, respectively.