Friday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: John Lackey vs. Chris Tillman

July 26, 2013 - 8:25 am
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For the second day in a row Friday, John Lackey will wake up, get out of bed and prepare to pitch. He had been slated to start against the Rays Thursday night, but after rain ruined those plans, forcing the teams to play Monday instead, the Red Sox pushed Lackey back to the series opener at Camden Yards. The 6-foot-6 righty will take on fellow right-hander Chris Tillman and the Orioles. As noted in Wednesday'€™s pitching preview, Lackey is fresh off of an outing against the Yankees Saturday that was his worst in the last month '€” relative to his own recent success, at least. He was hit up for four runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings, but to his credit, he did fan seven Yankees batters while issuing zero free passes. '€œI feel pretty strong right now,'€ Lackey said after the game, a 5-2 Red Sox loss. '€œThe last month or two have been pretty solid. I'€™m just going to try to keep working hard at it and trying to give us a good chance to win when you go out there.'€ It was the first time in seven starts he failed to pitch seven complete innings. The start of that streak happened to come against his opponent Friday '€” the Orioles. On June 15, he tossed seven innings of two-run ball, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out four. The Red Sox won, 5-4. It is part of a larger stretch in which he has been the team'€™s best starter, particularly in Clay Buchholz'€™s absence. He owns a 2.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP to go with his 4.35 K/BB rate on the season. Tillman (12-3, 3.84 ERA), meanwhile, will be looking to build on two strong outings of his own against the Sox earlier this year. In a pair of Baltimore wins, he went a combined 11 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and six walks. He also struck out eight. In 36 1/3 career innings against the Red Sox, he owns a 2.48 ERA. Some of his peripheral numbers aren'€™t as strong as Lackey'€™s '€” the former owns a 2.18 K/BB mark and a 7.2 K/9 rate '€” but Tillman is carrying momentum after one of his best starts in recent months. He threw eight innings in a 4-2 win over the Rangers Sunday, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven. Red Sox vs. Chris Tillman (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (20 plate appearances): .294 BA/.350 OBP/.353 SLG, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Jacoby Ellsbury (12): .167/.167/.167, 3 strikeouts Daniel Nava (11): .222/.364/.222, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (10): .100/.100/.200, 1 double, 4 strikeouts Jose Iglesias (7): .286/.286/.429, 1 double, 1 strikeout David Ortiz (7): .000/.286/.000, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Mike Carp (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Mike Napoli (6): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (6): .400/.500/.400, 1 walk Ryan Lavarnway (3): .000/.000/.000 Stephen Drew has walked twice in two plate appearances against Tillman. Jonny Gomes and Brandon Snyder have never faced Tillman. Orioles vs. Lackey (RHP) Nick Markakis (51 plate appearances): .356 BA/.431 OBP/.467 SLG, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 RBIs, 5 walks, 9 strikeouts Brian Roberts (36): .257/.278/.314, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts Adam Jones (34): .219/.235/.281, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts Chris Davis (22): .400/.455/.650, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Matt Wieters (21): .238/.238/.238, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts J.J. Hardy (12): .200/.333/.200, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Alexi Casilla (11): .091/.091/.091, 2 strikeouts Taylor Teagarden (9): .222/.222/.222, 5 strikeouts Ryan Flaherty (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Manny Machado (3): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI Nate McLouth (3): .333/.333/.333 Henry Urrutia has never faced Lackey.

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