Rick Porcello

Friday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Miguel Gonzalez

April 24, 2015 - 2:43 am

Just days after they last saw them for the first time this season, the Red Sox are heading to Baltimore to face the Orioles at Camden Yards for another series with Baltimore. Boston will open with Rick Porcello on the mound against Miguel Gonzalez in a rematch of Sunday's matinee at Fenway Park. Porcello didn't have to wait long before he was set to take on the team that put eight runs up on the board against him in his most recent start. Against the O's, the righty lasted five innings, allowing 12 hits and surrendering three walks. Five of those 12 hits were for extra bases, including home runs from centerfielder Adam Jones, who had five RBI on the day, and second baseman Ryan Flaherty. "I just didn't execute pitches. I made a lot of mistakes and they hit pretty much every one of them," Porcello said. "I left a lot of fastballs over the plate." The start bumped Porcello's ERA from 3.86 to 6.63 on the year. Over the course of his career, he has a 5.13 mark exclusively against Baltimore in 10 starts for 59 2/3 innings. Porcello is also averaging 6.2 strikeouts per nine innings against the Orioles and has a WHIP of 1.475. His .313 opponent batting average against them is fourth-largest among teams who he's played at least five times. Gonzalez fared a little better than his Red Sox counterpart while in Boston, yielding three runs on five hits over as many innings. He walked four and struck out five in the win. Gonzalez isn't a stranger to getting the better of the Sox, as he has a 5-1 record against them in seven starts, posting a 2.81 ERA in that time. The Red Sox hit a modest .254 against him, and they've struck out 31 times in 48 innings of play when he has the ball. Each of Gonzalez's three starts this year have come against AL East teams. His first outing, an April 8 game against the Rays, resulted in a loss despite the fourth-year pitcher only earning one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. Jake Odorizzi and Tampa Bay shut out the O's to make Gonzalez's lone earned run costly enough to give him the loss. On April 14, Gonzalez welcomed the Yankees to Oriole Park, and he led Baltimore to a 4-3 win, a game where he gave up just one run in seven innings of four-hit, 10-strikeout baseball. In his third start, he defeated the Red Sox. His 2.55 ERA ranks him 36th among starting pitchers in that category while his opponent batting average of .190 is 22nd in the MLB. Orioles vs. Porcello (RHP) Alejandro De Aza (37 plate appearances): .206 AVG/.270 OBP/.235 SLG, 1 double, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts Adam Jones (28): .250/.250/.393, 1 double, 1 home run, 5 RBI, 7 strikeouts Delmon Young (28): .308/.357/.500, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Chris Davis (21): .286/.286/.762, 1 double, 3 home runs, 7 RBI, 6 strikeouts Travis Snider (15): .154/.267/.154, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Manny Machado (14): .333/.357/.333, 2 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Ryan Flaherty (8): .429/.500/.857, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk David Lough (8): .286/.375/.429, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Everth Cabrera (7): .286/.286/.286, 2 strikeouts Jimmy Paredes (4): .750/.750/.750 Caleb Joseph (3): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 walk Steve Pearce (3): .000/.000/.000 Red Sox vs. Gonzalez (RHP) Daniel Nava (19 plate appearances): .313 AVG/.421 OBP/.375 SLG, 1 double, 2 RBI, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (15): .214/.267/.214, 1 RBI Mike Napoli (11): .200/.273/.200, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (10): .100/.100/.100, 4 strikeouts David Ortiz (10): .000/.300/.000, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Mookie Betts (9): .250/.333/.625, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk Brock Holt (7): .286/.286/.286, 1 strikeout Hanley Ramirez (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 home run, 3 RBI Pablo Sandoval (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk Sandy Leon (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (2): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 walk