Justin Masterson

Monday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Justin Masterson vs. Wei-Yin Chen

April 20, 2015 - 3:14 am

Following Sunday's loss to the Orioles, the Red Sox have surrendered sole possession of first place and now are tied with Baltimore for the top spot. Boston has a chance to end its two-game mini-skid in a Marathon Monday series finale when Justin Masterson takes the mound for the Sox and Wei-Yin Chen gets the ball for the O's. Masterson got a no-decision after lasting 4 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Tuesday. Though he allowed seven runs, walking three and striking out four, the Red Sox were able to give him run support and edge out Washington in an 8-7 victory. "Didn't have his best stuff overall," said manager John Farrell. "I thought he threw enough strikes early on to keep away from a big inning, and then it seemed like the stuff kind of ran out of gas a little bit with a couple of walks in that fifth inning -- where multiple baserunners and a pitch up on the plate, where they're able to start chipping away." Despite the outcome, Masterson is confident in what he brings as a pitcher and knows that his most recent campaign is best viewed as a learning experience. "We had some close balls. It is all a part of getting better and learning from it," he said. "I have a lot of things we can continue on, some good, some bad to take into the next one. I think we'll be just fine." When tasked with taking on the Orioles, Masterson has a 6-6 record in 12 starts, appearing in 16 games, with a 5.53 ERA. With 71 2/3 innings against Baltimore under his belt, Masterson is averaging 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings and has a 2.35 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Chen is no stranger his opposition, either. In 11 starts and 63 2/3 innings of work facing Boston, the southpaw has a 4.24 ERA with a 5-3 record. Chen has given up six homers to the Sox, the fewest of any team he's started at least seven games against, but he's been letting them hit at a .307 clip in the meantime. In two starts in 2015, Chen has yet to earn a decision. He saw the Rays to open his season, striking out four and giving up three runs on four hits before being yanked 4 1/3 innings in. The Orioles went on to win that game, 6-5. His second outing came against the Yankees on April 13 when he pitched six innings, giving up four hits again but allowing just two runs. New York was able to score four runs in the seventh inning, erasing Baltimore's 4-2 lead, and grab a 6-5 victory. Orioles vs. Masterson (RHP) Alejandro De Aza (38 plate appearances): .324 AVG/.378 OBP/.412 SLG, 1 home run, 4 RBI, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Adam Jones (33): .250/.364/.429, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBI, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Delmon Young (21): .150/.143/.200, 1 double, 2 RBI, 5 strikeouts Ryan Flaherty (11): .625/.727/1.125, 1 double, 1 home run, 4 RBI, 1 strikeout Manny Machado (9): .375/.444/.875, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBI, 1 strikeout Steve Clevenger (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 RBI, 1 walk Travis Snider (1): .000/.000/.000 Red Sox vs. Chen (LHP) Dustin Pedroia (30 plate appearances): .519 AVG/.567 OBP/.778 SLG, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 5 RBI, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts David Ortiz (24): .381/.417/.571, 1 double, 1 home run, 5 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Mike Napoli (18): .176/.222/.588, 1 double, 2 home runs, 2 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Daniel Nava (17): .438/.471/.625, 1 home run, 3 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Shane Victorino (12): .400/.500/.700, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts (11): .300/.364/.600, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Ryan Hanigan (11): .111/.273/.444, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Brock Holt (6): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Mookie Betts (3): .000/.000/.000 Allen Craig (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (3): .000/.000/.000