Rick Porcello

Monday's Red Sox-Nationals matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Jordan Zimmermann

April 13, 2015 - 4:56 am

After starting the season with series wins in Philadelphia and New York, the Red Sox venture to Fenway Park on Monday for their home opener against the Nationals. Rick Porcello will make his second start of the year, while Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound for Washington. Porcello had a good outing against the Phillies in his first start of the season but took a loss as the Red Sox offense only scored twice. The 26-year-old threw 101 pitches over six innings and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out four batters and forced a lot of ground balls, recording 2.65 ground outs for every air out. The only runs Porcello allowed came on a three-run sixth-inning home run by Jeff Francoeur. "Sometimes that's the difference, you know? One big mistake," Porcello told reporters after the game. "Type of ballgame like that, I can't make a pitch like that. Left a slider up middle and he did what he's supposed to do with it." Before his first start, Porcello signed a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension with the Red Sox. Last season with the Tigers was Porcello's first year exceeding 200 innings. He went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.231 WHIP. Porcello likely will need another good outing to keep the Red Sox in the game, as Washington is sending a great pitcher to the mound. Zimmermann holds a career 3.23 ERA and 1.147 WHIP and finished last season with a 14-5 record, a 2.66 ERA and a 1.072 WHIP. The 28-year-old Wisconsin native set a career high in strikeouts with 182 and only walked 29 on his way to finishing fifth in the NL Cy Young Award race. In his first start of 2015, Zimmermann allowed one run on five hits while striking out four in six innings of work on his way to a win. In his one career start at Fenway in 2012, he gave up three runs on seven hits through seven innings while striking out seven. Nationals vs. Porcello (RHP) Yunel Escobar (9 plate appearances): .125/.222/.125, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Jose Lobaton (6): .500/.500/.500, 2 RBIs Wilson Ramos has 1 strike out in 3 plate appearances vs. Porcello. Dan Uggla has 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and 1 RBI in 3 plate appearances vs. Porcello. No other Nationals have faced Porcello. Red Sox vs. Zimmermann (RHP) Hanley Ramirez (28): .400/.464/.600, 1 home run, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Shane Victorino (17): .267/.353/.467, 3 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (24): .462/.500/.538, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Allen Craig (11): .222/.364/.222, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Ryan Hanigan (11): .545/.545/.636, 1 double Dustin Pedroia (7): .167/.286/.167, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts David Ortiz (6): .400/.333/1.200, 1 HR, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout No other Red Sox have faced Zimmermann.