Friday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Andy Pettitte

August 16, 2013 - 5:20 am
Felix Doubront is fresh off one of his worst starts of the year, but when he gets the ball Friday night at Fenway Park, there may be no other team he'€™d rather see than the one in the visitors'€™ dugout: the Yankees. The 25-year-old southpaw, who has been a model of consistency in his second full season as a big leaguer, has found much success against the Sox'€™ biggest rival. In 10 games (six starts) against New York since 2010, Doubront owns a 2.36 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 42 innings. Each of those six starts has lasted at least six innings, and none of his 10 appearances has resulted in more than two runs for the Yankees. That success has continued this year. In two starts '€” June 1 and July 19 '€” he went a total of 12 1/3 innings while allowing two earned runs on nine hits and six walks. Doubront also struck out 11 en route to a pair of Red Sox wins. On the season, Doubront (8-5) has a 3.66 ERA, second-best among the team'€™s five current starters behind only John Lackey'€™s 3.32 mark, and a 1.41 WHIP to go with his 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Doubront saw his hot stretch '€” 2.09 ERA and .227/.290/.319 opponents'€™ slash line in five starts over the course of a month '€” come to a screeching halt his last time out. In an eventual 5-3 win over the Royals Saturday, he lasted only four innings while giving up three runs on six hits and four walks. He also struck out three. The first four innings were actually scoreless, as Doubront stranded all six Kansas City baserunners, but the floodgates opened in the fifth. The first four Royals reached, with three of them coming around to score before Doubront exited in favor of Brandon Workman without recording an out. It was just the third time this season he failed to make it through five full innings. '€œYou'€™d like not to go to the bullpen in the fifth or sixth,'€ Farrell said afterward, '€œbut you do what the game calls for.'€ Despite the abbreviated outing, Doubront extended his streak of consecutive starts of allowing three earned runs or fewer to 16. That run is three months old and goes back to when Doubront re-entered the rotation after being passed over for one turn. Andy Pettitte, the veteran left-hander to whom Doubront drew comparisons when they matched up last month, will get the start for New York in the midst of his largely mediocre season. Fans might remember his eight innings of one-run ball in April, but Pettitte has a 4.62 ERA and 1.46 WHIP while allowing opposing batters to hit .297 on the season. August has been unkind to Pettitte. He gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 Aug. 5 against the White Sox, then made it through only 4 1/3 vs. the Tigers on Aug. 11. Although he only gave up one run, Detroit hit him around for eight hits and drew three walks while throwing 101 pitches. When Doubront and Pettitte faced off July 19 at Fenway, Doubront got the best of him. He allowed two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings, edging Pettitte'€™s 6 1/3-inning, four-earned run performance. Yankees vs. Doubront (LHP) Robinson Cano (20 plate appearances): .063 BA/.250 OBP/.063 SLG, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts Curtis Granderson (14): .154/.214/.385, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts Ichiro Suzuki (12): .182/.167/.182, 1 RBI Brett Gardner (9): .000/.222/.000, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Jayson Nix (9): .143/.333/.143, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Eduardo Nunez (7): .333/.429/.500, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Vernon Wells (7): .333/.429/.333, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Alex Rodriguez (6): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout Lyle Overbay (4): .250/.250/.500, 1 double Chris Stewart (4): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk Austin Romine was retired in his only plate appearance against Doubront. Alfonso Soriano has never faced Doubront. Red Sox vs. Andy Pettitte (LHP) David Ortiz (69 plate appearances): .373 BA/.435 OBP/.559 SLG, 8 doubles, 1 home run, 11 RBIs, 8 walks, 14 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (47): .222/.255/.311, 4 doubles, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Jacoby Ellsbury (30): .370/.414/.519, 1 double, 1 home run, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (30): .357/.333/.643, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 9 RBIs, 11 strikeouts Mike Napoli (20): .412/.500/.471, 1 double, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts Shane Victorino (16): .400/.438/.600, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Stephen Drew (9): .333/.333/.444, 1 double, 2 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts Mike Carp (3): .000/.000/.000 Will Middlebrooks (3): .667/.667/.667 Daniel Nava (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Brock Holt and Ryan Lavarnway have never faced Pettitte.