Clay Buchholz

Monday's Red Sox-Rays matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Jake Odorizzi

May 04, 2015 - 7:00 am

The struggling Red Sox, coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Yankees, open up a three-game home set with the Rays on Monday night. Clay Buchholz will take the mound against Jake Odorizzi. Buchholz (1-3) joins the rest of Boston's starting rotation with a very inconsistent first five starts. He has gone six innings or more in three of his outings and did not allow more than two runs in any of those games. However, the 30-year-old did not receive much run support in those starts, and received a no-decision in one and a loss in another. In his other two starts, however, he made it through just 3 1/3 innings and 2 2/3 innings while allowing 15 runs (13 earned) in total. Buchholz is sitting on a 5.76 ERA, which is second worst among Red Sox starters. He also holds the worst WHIP (1.56) and batting average against (.295) in the rotation. He leads Boston starters with 33 strikeouts and eight walks. In his last start, Buchholz was hit hard by the Blue Jays and received a loss. Through just 2 2/3 innings he allowed five runs (four of them earned), six hits and one walk while striking out four. Buchholz was given a 4-0 lead by the offense going into the third before giving Toronto the lead. He was pulled after 62 pitches in a game that the Red Sox eventually lost 11-8. "Whenever the team gives you a four-run lead you're supposed to come out a lot better than that," Buchholz said after the game. "Went out there with a game plan of throwing strikes, let them put the ball in play and get outs. Walked the first guy. All the contact that they made -- they hit the ball hard and it wasn't at any of our players in the field. I have to do a lot better job than that." In 19 career starts against the Rays, Buchholz is 8-6 with a 5.71 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, 120 strikeouts and 39 walks. Buchholz likely will need to be at the top of his game, as Odorizzi has been very good through five starts in 2015. The 25-year-old has only received more than two runs of support once but still holds a record of 2-2. He has gone at least six innings in each of his starts and holds a 2.41 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and a .175 batting average against. He has 26 strikeouts and has allowed eight walks. On April 23, Odorizzi allowed just one run on three hits to the Red Sox through 6 2/3 innings as Tampa Bay went on went on to win, 2-1. In his last start, a loss to the Yankees, Odorizzi went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out four and not walking any. The Rays lost the game 4-2. In three career starts at Fenway Park, Odorizzi is 0-2 with an 8.25 ERA, a 1.83 WHIP, 11 strikeouts and four walks in 12 innings. Rays vs. Buchholz (RHP) Evan Longoria (48 plate appearances): .209 AVG/.292 OBP/.302 SLG, 4 doubles, 4 walks, 15 strikeouts David DeJesus (21): .353/.476/.412, 1 double, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts Asdrubel Cabrera (14): .364/.500/1.000, 2 home runs, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout James Loney (14): .083/.214/.083, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Kevin Kiermaier (6): .167/.167/.167, 3 strikeouts Logan Forsythe (5): .250/.400/.250, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Brandon Guyer has one strikeout and one HBP in six plate appearances vs. Buchholz. Rene Rivera has one walk and one strikeout in four plate appearances vs. Buchholz. Steven Souza has two strikeouts in three plate appearances vs. Buchholz. Bobby Wilson has one strikeout in two plate appearances vs. Buchholz. Tim Beckham, Joey Butler and Jake Elmore have not faced Buchholz. Red Sox vs Odorizzi (RHP) Allen Craig (14): .083/.214/.083, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (13): .333/.462/.444, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava (13): .100/.231/.400, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts David Ortiz (13): .077/.077/.077, 3 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (10): .200/.200/.200, 1 strikeout Mookie Betts (9): .167/.444/.167, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Brock Holt (8): .143/.125/.571, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double Mike Napoli is 0-for-3 in three plate appearances vs. Odorizzi. Sandy Leon has one walk in two plate appearances vs. Odorizzi. Hanley Ramirez and Blake Swihart have not faced Odorizzi.