Clay Buchholz

Friday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. J.A. Happ

May 15, 2015 - 8:33 am

Riding back-to-back wins, the Red Sox head into the second game against the Mariners having won four of their last five. Clay Buchholz is set to take the mound for the Sox while J.A. Happ is good to go for Seattle on Friday night. Buchholz is coming off a strong start against the Blue Jays, piecing together a three-run, 6 1/3-inning effort that lowered his season ERA from 6.03 to 5.73 and improved his record to 2-4. The righty gave up seven hits and struck out three in the win as the Boston bats collected six runs of support before he left the hill. However, Buchholz's outing didn't begin as well as he might have liked. All three walks he issued to Toronto came in the first inning, but even so, he was able to keep the Jays off the board. "That's how it's supposed to work," Buchholz said of getting out of the first. "It doesn't always work that way, but when it does, it just gives the team a little bit of a boost." With just four career starts and 26 2/3 innings against the Mariners, Buchholz has a 3.71 ERA and a 2-1 record. He most recently saw them last season when he pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed four earned runs. Despite surrendering three home runs that day, he had a 0.955 WHIP and was awarded with the win as the Sox put five runs on the board. Before that, Buchholz faced Seattle three times, once in 2008, once in 2010 and once in 2012. He has just once pitched fewer than seven innings against the Mariners (2008) and has never allowed more than four earned runs. Opposing batters have hit .259/.259/.593 when at the plate and Buchholz has given up 24 hits, seven for extra bases, in 106 plate appearances. He has 23 strikeouts and six walks opposite the Mariners as well. Happ has twice as many starts against the Red Sox with eight, most of which came when he was a member of the Blue Jays from 2012 to 2014. In 45 innings, he has a 4.60 ERA and a 3-3 record. In his early starts opposite the Sox, when he was on the Phillies in 2009 and the Astros in 2011, Happ struggled, giving up five runs both times in 5 2/3 and 6 2/3 innings, respectively. As a Jay, though, he had a 2.00 ERA in two starts in 2013 and a 4.30 ERA through four starts in 2014. Career-wise, Happ has a 1.578 WHIP vs. Boston and a 1.37 strikeout-to-walk ratio with 37 K's to 27 walks. The Red Sox slash .260/.362/.467 with 44 hits against the lefty, 20 of which have gone for extra bases on 12 doubles, a triple and seven home runs. Thus far in 2015, Happ has a 3.29 ERA in six starts with a 3-1 record, hurling 38 1/3 total innings and giving up 14 earned runs. With a 1.17 WHIP, Happ has allowed 37 hits and struck out 32 while walking eight. He has gone at least six innings in all but one start, his last vs. the A's in which he went five and gave up just one earned run on four hits with eight K's. Happ has also only granted opposing teams more than two earned runs once all season -- when the Astros scored six against him on May 3. Otherwise, clubs are only getting one or two off the southpaw. Red Sox vs. Happ (LHP) Dustin Pedroia (19 plate appearances): .278 AVG/.316 OBP/.556 SLG, 2 double, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (16): .273/.438/.364, 1 double, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 1 strikeout Mike Napoli (14): .385/.429/.462, 1 double, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts David Ortiz (12): .200/.333/.300, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Shane Victorino (12): .333/.500/.333, 3 walks Brock Holt (8): .143/.250/.286, 1 double, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Daniel Nava (7): .200/.429/.200, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Mookie Betts (6): .333/.333/1.167, 1 triple, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (5): .400/.400/.400, 1 RBI Jackie Bradley (4): .250/.250/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts has one strikeout in seven plate appearances vs. Happ. Mariners vs. Buchholz (RHP) Robinson Cano (36 plate appearances): .343 AVG/.361 OBP/.543 SLG, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Nelson Cruz (13): .417/.462/.667, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Logan Morrison (9): .556/.556/1.444, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Kyle Seager (6): .600/.667/1.200, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Brad Miller (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 home run, 1 RBI Mike Zunino (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout Justin Ruggiano (2): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double Dustin Ackley has one strikeout in seven plate appearances vs. Buchholz. Seth Smith has three strikeouts in as many plate appearances vs. Buchholz. Willie Bloomquist has one strikeout in two plate appearances vs. Buchholz.