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Friday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Allen Webster vs. Drew Hutchison

September 05, 2014 - 4:26 am
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The Red Sox begin a three-game weekend series Friday night against the Blue Jays, with Allen Webster pitching against Drew Hutchison. Webster (3-3, 6.69) has spent much of the year shuffling between the Red Sox and Triple-A Pawtucket, as he has made just seven starts with Boston in 2014. His last two starts with the Red Sox have not exactly gone swimmingly. He was charged with six runs on eight hits on Aug. 24 against the Mariners, pitching just 4 1/3 innings that day. He did, however, record five strikeouts. Last time out against the Rays did not prove to be much better for the 24-year-old. Tampa Bay batters tagged him for six runs in four innings of work before he exited for reliever Alex Wilson. Webster said his command was an issue in that outing, which allowed the Rays to get into favorable hitters'€™ counts. "I fell behind batters, didn't get ahead, and when I had to make pitches I left them over the middle of the plate," Webster said. Unlike his major league numbers, Webster fared well with the PawSox this year. In 122 innings and 20 starts, his ERA sits at 3.10 and his WHIP at 1.24. Hitters have batted just .234 against him in the minor leagues. Hitters in the big leagues, though, have hit .266 against him, causing his WHIP to rise to 1.63 in the majors. He also has not thrown more than 6 2/3 innings or over 99 pitches in any start with the Red Sox this season. Hutchinson (9-11, 4.47) has battled some inconsistencies throughout the past two months of the season. At the beginning of July, Hutchison'€™s ERA was 3.86. But four starts where he allowed at least six runs between July and August -- including one against the Red Sox -- saw his ERA rise to nearly the five mark. His last two starts have been much better, though. In his last start, which came against the Yankees, Hutchinson struck out nine and allowed just one hit over seven impressive innings. That performance followed a start in which Hutchison pitched six innings of one-run ball against the Rays. The 24-year-old has mixed results against the Red Sox this season. He earned the win at Fenway Park on May 21 when he pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Outfielder Shane Victorino provided the only Red Sox run against Hutchison with a solo home run. But Hutchison'€™s last start against Boston did not go as well. The right-hander did not even make it out of the third inning when the Red Sox offense knocked him around for six runs and nine hits. Former Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew did the most damage off Hutchison with a three-run home run in the third inning. The only current Red Sox major leaguer to drive in a run off Hutchison in that game was Christian Vazquez, who recorded an RBI infield single. Though it is in just five plate appearances, Xander Bogaerts has three hits, including one double against Hutchison. Mike Napoli also has two hits and two walks against the right-hander. Red Sox vs. Hutchison (RHP) David Ortiz (8): .000 average/.000 OBP/.000 SLG, 2 strikeouts Daniel Nava (6): .400/.500/.400, 1 walk Xander Bogaerts (5): .600/.600/.800, 1 double Mike Napoli (5): .667/800/1.000, 1 double, 2 walks Dustin Pedroia (5): .200/.200/.200 Brock Holt (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Yoenis Cespedes (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout Allen Craig is 0-for-2 against Hutchison, while Christian Vazquez has one hit and one RBI in his one plate appearance. Blue Jays vs. Webster (RHP) Jose Bautista (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Edwin Encarnacion (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 RBI, 1 walk Adam Lind (3): .500/.333/.500, 1 strikeout, 1 RBI Colby Rasmus (3): .000/.000/.000 Jose Reyes (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout George Kottaras has one home run in two plate appearances against Webster and Danny Valencia struck out in his one at-bat against the right-hander.