Joe Kelly

Saturday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Drew Hutchison

May 09, 2015 - 3:28 am

With the Red Sox dropping a 7-0 decision to the Blue Jays on Friday night, the offense is in need of a kick-start going into Saturday afternoon's matchup when Joe Kelly takes the mound for Boston against Drew Hutchison. Kelly may be in need of a kick-start, too, as the righty is getting the ball for the first time since his 4 2/3-inning effort on Sunday vs. the Yankees when he allowed five earned runs on nine hits, pushing his season ERA to 5.72. The Sox were down 8-0 by the time they pieced together a five-run sixth inning, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit. The loss was Kelly's first decision of that nature on the year, evening his record to 1-1 through five starts. "By the time we started going to it it was probably a little bit too late," Kelly said. "Obviously, we had given up all the runs. It was something I'm going to try to work on and try to get that offside going, even if it's the first inning. I've got to show these guys all my pitches. It's something I've got to do." Added Kelly: "From the get go, I put us in a bind, in a hole. I didn't pitch good at all and never really gave this team a chance to win. That's something that irritates me and something that I'm going to go out there and work on." In the start prior to the Yankees debacle, Kelly tossed six innings against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on April 27. He gave up five earned runs and recorded 10 strikeouts to three walks, but nabbed a no-decision after the Sox walked off with a 6-5 win. Career-wise, Kelly has a 5.25 ERA and a 1.083 WHIP opposite the Jays in two starts. In 12 innings, Toronto has hit .190/.292/.381 against him. His first start in 2014 resulted in two earned runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks, and he has surrendered just eight hits to the Blue Jays in 48 plate appearances, though half went for extra bases. Hutchison has given up six earned runs in consecutive starts, dating back to his appearance at Fenway on April 28 when he managed just four innings, giving up a half-dozen runs on nine hits and five walks. His most recent start against the Indians on Sunday saw him go 4 1/3 frames, but the eight hits he let up were enough for another six earned runs. In both of those outings, however, Hutchison has not gotten a decision, leaving his 2-0 record intact, though his ERA now is 7.47 and his WHIP is 1.60. The right-hander is tabbed as the No. 1 man in Toronto's rotation, but he's had some trouble all year long, allowing batters to hit .297/.366/.477 in 31 1/3 innings. Hutchison's campaign at Fenway marked his fifth career start vs. the Red Sox, against whom he has logged 25 1/3 innings with a 6.04 ERA. Giving up 35 hits in 123 plate appearances, Hutchison has allowed the Sox 10 doubles and three home runs, striking out 17 in that span for a .321/.382/.495 slash line. Red Sox vs. Hutchison (RHP) David Ortiz (14 plate appearances): .083 AVG/.143 OBP/.083 SLG, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Daniel Nava (12): .200/.333/.200, 2 walks Dustin Pedroia (11): .300/.364/.300, 1 RBI, 1 walk Xander Bogaerts (10): .500/.500/.600, 1 double, 1 RBI Brock Holt (10): .125/.300/.125, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Mike Napoli (8): .500/.625/.833, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 walks Mookie Betts (6): .400/.500/.600, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Hanley Ramirez (3): .333/.333/.333 Pablo Sandoval (3): 1.000/1.000/1.667, 2 doubles Allen Craig (2): .000/.000/.000 Blue Jays vs. Joe Kelly (RHP) Russell Martin (11 plate appearances): .500 AVG/.636 OBP/1.000 SLG, 1 double, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout Jose Bautista (6): .333/.333/.833, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Josh Donaldson (6): .250/.500/.250, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Edwin Encarnacion (6): .200/.333/.400, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Kevin Pillar (4): .333/.500/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Jeff Francis (3): .000/.000/.000 Michael Saunders (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Devon Travis (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout