Wade Miley

Friday's Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Wade Miley vs. Nathan Eovaldi

April 10, 2015 - 4:42 am
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After opening the 2015 season with a three-game interleague series against the Phillies, the Red Sox will send newcomer Wade Miley to the mound to battle Nathan Eovaldi of the Yankees. Miley, who came to Boston in December as part of a trade with the Diamondbacks, will be making the first start of his Red Sox career. Miley finished second in the Rookie of the Year race in 2012 with Arizona, and has put up some good numbers in his three full years in the majors. Last season with the league-worst Diamondbacks, Miley went 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA. However, his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), which is essentially an ERA that measures a pitcher's ability to prevent home runs, walks and hit batsmen while causing strikeouts, was 3.98. He struck out 8.2 batters per nine innings and walked 3.4 per nine. Miley is expected to walk a few hitters but could make up for it with a high strikeout rate, limiting contact from opposing hitters. This spring, Miley pitched 17 innings over four games, posting a 3.71 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, 11 strikeouts and eight walks. In his last spring training appearance on March 26, he pitched six innings against the Twins, giving up three runs on a walk and four hits, including a solo home run, while striking out four. Miley will get his first chance to participate in one of the biggest rivalries in sports. "That's going to be pretty special," Miley said of starting his Red Sox career with an outing against the Yankees. Friday will mark Miley's second career game against the Yankees. The first came in 2013, also in Yankee Stadium. In that start, the lefty allowed three runs on four hits through 6 2/3 innings. Miley's opponent on the mound will be Eovaldi, who also will be making his first start with a new team. Last season with the Marlins, Eovaldi started 33 games, going 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.332 WHIP. He struck out 142 while allowing 43 walks and 223 hits over 199 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander pitched well at spring training, throwing 18 2/3 innings with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. In his last spring start, he allowed three runs in four innings to the Nationals while striking out six and walking three. Eovaldi, a native of Texas, has yet to face the Red Sox in his MLB career. Red Sox vs. Eovaldi (RHP) Pablo Sandoval (12 plate appearances): .727 AVG/.667 OBP/1.273 SLG, 1 home run, 3 doubles, 9 RBIs Hanley Ramirez (5): .400/.400/1.200, 1 HR, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Shane Victorino (5): .400/.400/.800, 1 triple Allen Craig has one walk in three plate appearances vs. Eovaldi. No other Red Sox have faced Eovaldi. Yankees vs. Miley (LHP) Chase Headley (20): .176/.300/.476, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts Carlos Beltran (7): .143/.143/.143, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout Brian McCann (4): .667/.750/.667, 1 RBI, 1 walk Brett Gardner (3): .333/.333/.333 Garrett Jones is 0-for-3 in three plate appearances vs. Miley. No other Yankees have faced Miley.