Joe Kelly

Monday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Aaron Sanchez

April 27, 2015 - 8:07 am

The Red Sox open up a homestand with a three-game set against the Blue Jays beginning on Monday with Joe Kelly pitching against Aaron Sanchez. Kelly leads Boston starting pitchers with a 4.08 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and a .200 batting average against. Through 17 2/3 innings over three starts, the 26-year-old has struck out 18 while walking five. Kelly owns a 1-0 record and has been one of the most consistent Red Sox starters after three times through the rotation. Kelly's last outing was his worst of the season. In five innings against the Rays, he allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. He gave up his second home run of the year, a solo shot to Steven Souza Jr., in the first inning. Kelly had a four-run lead entering the sixth inning but gave all four of those runs back to Tampa Bay before exiting the game. "Didn't get ahead of the hitters," Kelly said after the game. "I fell behind with my fastball, which was pretty good for me tonight. That sixth inning, tried to get too fine with it and fell behind hitters, and kind of threw it down the middle from then and they put some good swings on balls and got some good hits. ... Just got a little wild. Just missed with some pitches around the zone, and, like I said, I had to come back and throw a strike and not walk somebody, and threw it down the middle." In his only career start against Toronto, which came in 2014, Kelly went six innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out four and walking two. He got a no-decision in the outing. Kelly's opponent on the mound is a first-year starting pitcher in Toronto. Sanchez worked in 24 games out of the bullpen last season and has made three starts so far in 2015. He holds a 1-2 record and has thrown just 14 innings combined in those outings. The 22-year-old Californian has a 5.14 ERA, a 1.86 WHIP, nine strikeouts and 12 walks. He has not gone more than 5 1/3 innings in a start, which he has done twice. Sanchez has received some of the worst run support in the league, as the Blue Jays have scored one, two and four runs in his three starts. In his last outing, in which Sanchez got the win against Baltimore, he allowed two runs on just two hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked seven Orioles and struck out four. In 1 1/3 innings pitched over two appearances in Fenway Park, Sanchez has a 1.50 WHIP, one walk and one strikeout, and has not given up a run. Blue Jays vs. Kelly (RHP) Russell Martin (8 plate appearances): .500 AVG/.625 OBP/1.000 SLG, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 2 walks Jose Bautista (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 1 RBI Josh Donaldson (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk Edwin Encarnacion (3): .500/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 walk Jose Reyes has two strikeouts and one RBI in nine plate appearances vs. Kelly. Kevin Pillar has one HBP in two plate appearances vs. Kelly. No other Blue Jays have faced Kelly. Red Sox vs. Sanchez (RHP) David Ortiz (2): .500/.500/.500 Brock Holt (1): 1.000/1.000/1.000 Dustin Pedroia has one walk and one strikeout in five plate appearances vs. Sanchez. Mike Napoli has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Sanchez. Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-2 in two plate appearances vs. Sanchez. Ryan Hanigan is 0-for-2 in two plate appearances vs. Sanchez. Daniel Nava has one strikeout in two plate appearances vs. Sanchez. Mookie Betts, Allen Craig, Sandy Leon, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval have not faced Sanchez.