Clay Buchholz

Friday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Michael Pineda

July 10, 2015 - 4:17 am

In the first game of the Sox' series with their rival Yankees, Clay Buchholz will get the ball against Michael Pineda. Buchholz has found his stride this season and is a large part of why the Sox have been winning recently, allowing just three total earned runs in his last 31 innings of work. Over his past 11 outings, the righty has improved his season record to 7-6 and his ERA from 6.03 to 3.27. In each of his last four starts, Buchholz has been good enough to earn the win, and his work hasn't garnered a loss since May 26. His most recent trip to the mound on Saturday against the Astros lasted a full nine innings, during which he gave up one earned run on just six hits. Buchholz also struck out eight and didn't issue a walk all day, lowering his WHIP for the year to 1.19. "He's been on a run the last 10 starts where he's been in control," manager John Farrell said Saturday after his team's 6-1 win. "That was the case again today for the full nine innings -- a number of pitches with men on base that he was able to execute. He's in such a good place mentally where he's repeating his delivery. He's commanding four pitches for strikes, and in control today." Whether that control carries over to Friday's start is another story. In 16 starts against the Yankees, Buchholz has a 5-8 record with a 6.38 ERA, his worst opposite any team in the division. He's logged 84 2/3 innings vs. New York and has conceded 60 earned runs on 103 hits, 39 of which were of the extra-base variety. Buchholz has allowed the Yankees to slash .301/.369/.523 against him, and in his one outing in New York this season he lasted just 3 1/3 innings after allowing nine earned runs on as many hits with two home runs. Pineda has had relatively better luck against Boston, though his 2-2 mark and 5.40 ERA in four starts aren't ideal. However, his results are a little skewed considering one 2011 start saw him manage just 4 1/3 innings while the Sox grabbed seven runs credited to Pineda on eight hits. Last season, though, the right-hander notched a 2.57 ERA vs. Boston in 14 innings, giving up just four earned runs in three starts and striking out 17 with just two total walks. Pineda has a 3.79 ERA this season and an 8-5 record to boot. His 105 strikeouts are tied for 22nd in the league, just one slot above Buchholz's 104, and his 9.48 strikeouts per nine innings average is 11th overall. On Saturday while facing the Rays, the 26-year-old pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball, granting Tampa Bay five hits while collecting 10 strikeouts in the process. The Rays managed to score two in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game, but the Yankees got one back in second half of the frame to walk off with the victory. "It all starts with the guy on the mound. Big Mike was great," outfielder Brett Gardner said after the win. "I had a pretty good view from center field, and that's the best stuff I've seen him have all year, probably. Lot of fun to watch and play defense behind." Yankees vs. Buchholz (RHP) Mark Teixeira (31 plate appearances): .154 AVG/.226 OBP/.385 SLG, 2 HR, 7 RBIs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts Brett Gardner (30): .286/.310/.357, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Alex Rodriguez (30): .407/.433/.667, 1 double, 2 HR, 10 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Stephen Drew (11): .364/.364/.727, 1 double, 1 HR, 5 RBIs Jacoby Ellsbury (9): .250/.333/.250 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Chase Headley (8): .375/.375/.875, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Brian McCann (8): .333/.500/.500, 1 double, 1 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Chris Young (5): .400/.400/.400, 3 strikeouts Didi Gregorius (2): .500/500/.500 Jose Pirela (2): .500/.500/.500 John Ryan Murphy has one strikeout in one plate appearance against Buchholz. Red Sox vs. Pineda (RHP) Alejandro De Aza (12 plate appearances): .250 AVG/.250 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 double, 4 strikeouts Mike Napoli (7): .200/.429/.200, 2 walks, 1 strikeout David Ortiz (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts (4): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout Mookie Betts (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (3): .333/.333/.333 Brock Holt (1): .000/.000/.000 Ryan Hanigan has one walk in two plate appearances vs. Pineda.