Matt Barnes

Monday’s Red Sox-Indians matchups: Matt Barnes vs. Danny Salazar

August 17, 2015 - 4:16 am

In Monday's series opener between the Red Sox and the Indians, Matt Barnes will make his first major league start opposite Cleveland's Danny Salazar. Barnes spent time in the big leagues this year as a reliever, appearing in 21 games and 22 1/3 total innings for a 3-2 record with a 5.64 ERA. The right-hander had just one outing longer than two innings this season but started five games for the PawSox, two of which came on Aug. 5 and 10. He began the season as a starter in the minors, posting three outings that left him with a 4.50 ERA and a trio of no-decisions. Barnes allowed six earned runs over 12 innings in that time but was then transitioned to reliever. After getting scratched from his scheduled Monday start in Pawtucket, the 25-year-old instead will make his first MLB start for Boston. "We've asked a lot of him, moving back and forth in the rotation and the bullpen. But he's very capable of that," acting manager Torey Lovullo said Saturday. "His last start, the word we got from player development was that it was aggressive. He was throwing a lot of his pitches in the zone and doing a good job. He's been stretched out well enough that he can go out there and give us close to 100 pitches." That last start Lovullo referenced lasted 4 2/3 innings and Barnes was able to hold the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders -- the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate -- to just one earned run on six hits. He threw 91 pitches, 56 for strikes, and struck out five while walking three. Barnes has never faced the Indians in his career, even in relief, but he has seen two of their division rivals in the Royals and Twins. Against those teams he has a 3.86 ERA, having given up two earned runs in an inning vs. Kansas city and none in 3 2/3 frames vs. Minnesota. Monday also will be Salazar's first appearance against the Red Sox, and they are the last of the teams in the AL East that the righty has seen. When facing Boston's division rivals, he has a 1.95 ERA over 37 innings of work, surrendering just eight total earned runs. He's had success so far this season overall, going no fewer than six full innings in his last six starts. During that period, Salazar has a 1.48 ERA in 42 2/3 frames with seven earned runs and nine total runs given up. He's also struck out 43 and held batters to a .144/.232/.260 slash line in that time. Those accomplishments have helped better his season ERA and record, which now sit at 3.26 and 1-6. His latest feat was 7 1/3 innings long and resulted in the win, giving up one earned run to the Yankees on Wednesday on four hits with five walks and eight strikeouts. "Early on there were some fly balls and fortunately I think the ballpark played pretty big, but, man, you look up in the eighth inning and he's still pitching, giving up one," Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday. "We'll take that every time." Indians vs. Barnes (RHP) No current members of the Indians have faced Barnes. Red Sox vs. Salazar (RHP) Alejandro De Aza (7 plate appearances): .400 AVG/.571 OBP/.400 SLG, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (3): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double No other Red Sox have faced Salazar.