Clay Buchholz

Monday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. J.A. Happ

August 25, 2014 - 11:40 am

The Red Sox will open up a three-game set against the Blue Jays up in Toronto on Monday, sending Clay Buchholz to the mound against J.A. Happ in the series opener. After posting back-to-back solid outings on Aug. 9 and 15, Buchholz (5-8, 5.94 ERA) took a step back in his last start Wednesday against the Angels. The right-hander started off strong, retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced, but fell apart in the fifth, giving up five runs en route to 8-3 Red Sox loss. "The difference between everything going on this year and last year is a lot of balls finding holes or are home runs or doubles, they were hit at somebody last year and I got a lot of double plays that way," Buchholz said after the game. "Sometimes that's the way it goes. You don't ever want it to be a full season but that's the way it is sometimes, and I've got to keep grinding." Inconsistency has been the name of the game for Buchholz this season, as the right-hander has given up at least six earned runs in three of his last five starts. Buchholz took the loss in his last outing against the Blue Jays on July 23, giving up four earned runs in six innings. In 22 career appearances (21 starts) against Toronto, Buchholz is 10-8 with 3.22 ERA. Happ (8-8, 4.39 ERA) also struggled in his last start Tuesday against the Brewers, giving up six hits and four runs in just 3 1/3 innings of work. "I don't know," Happ said after the game. "We've got to ... I don't know, just find a way. It starts with pitching. It started with me tonight. We got outplayed and it started with me, I guess. In a hole behind early and that's tough against anybody, let alone a first-place team. Everybody's gotta do their part and I came up short tonight." Happ was excellent in his last appearances against Boston on July 22, holding the Red Sox to no runs over six innings while striking out four. In seven career outings (six starts) against the Red Sox, Happ is 3-2 with a 4.36 ERA. Red Sox vs. Happ (LHP) Dustin Pedroia (14 plate appearances): .333/.385/.500, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs Allen Craig (10): .600/.600/1.300, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs Kelly Johnson (10): .200/.200/.800, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs Mike Napoli (10): .444/.500/.556, 1 double, 3 strikeouts David Ortiz (9): .143/.333/.286, 1 double, 2 walks Yoenis Cespedes (8): .143/.250/.143, 3 RBIs, 4 strikeouts David Ross (8): .286/.375/.429, 1 double, 1 strikeout Brock Holt has one double and one strikeout in five plate appearances against Happ. Will Middlebrooks has one walk and one strikeout in four plate appearances against Happ. Daniel Nava has one walk and one strikeout in two plate appearances against Happ. Blue Jays vs. Buchholz (RHP) Jose Bautista (49): .295/.347/.409, 1 home run, 12 strikeouts Adam Lind (49): .348/.367/.587, 3 doubles, 2 home runs Melky Cabrera (30): .222/.300/.333, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Edwin Encarnacion (29): .125/.276/.375, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs Colby Rasmus (23): .167/.318/.167, 3 singles, 3 strikeouts Jose Reyes (23): .316/.435/.421, 1 triple, 4 walks Munenori Kawasaki (14): .250/.308/.250, 3 singles, 1 walk Dioner Navarro (12): .364/.417/.364, 4 singles, 2 RBIs Juan Francisco has three walks and one strikeout in nine plate appearances against Buchholz. Josh Thole (6): .667/.800/1.000, 1 double, 2 walks Nolan Reimold (3): .000/.000/.000 Danny Valencia has one strikeout in two plate appearances against Buchholz.