Saturday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Ryan Dempster vs. Scott Feldman

July 27, 2013 - 6:26 am
Ryan Dempster has had a rough time his last two starts, which bookended the All-Star break and were separated by 10 days, but when he takes the mound against right-hander Scott Feldman and the Orioles at Camden Yards on Saturday, he will have a more general trend on his side: When Dempster pitches, the Red Sox win. Since the beginning of June, the team is 6-3 in games Dempster, a right-hander, starts '€” albeit including victories in his most recent two outings, which were largely ineffective (12 runs, seven earned, in 8 2/3 innings). A big piece of that came Sunday night against the Yankees, when Dempster issued four free passes to supplement the Yankees'€™ six base knocks in 5 1/3 frames. He struck out four while New York scored five runs (three earned) in a contest the Red Sox went on to win, 8-7, in 11 innings. Although Dempster was in line for the win when he exited the game, he was hardly the story, good or bad, by night'€™s end. Impressive relief work and Mike Napoli'€™s walk-off home run got the headlines. One bright spot was that Dempster did not fall victim to the long ball, just the second time in 10 starts the last two months he kept it in the yard his entire start. He has yielded 20 on the season, but with a 4.28 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and nearly a strikeout per inning without missing a start, Dempster has proven to be dependable and consistent. His only previous start against Baltimore this season also happens to be his longest and among his more effective. The Orioles scored a pair of runs, one of them courtesy of a Chris Davis home run in the second inning, on five hits and five walks in 7 2/3 innings against Dempster, the tough-luck loser in the 2-0 O'€™s win June 14. Opposing Dempster is Feldman, who will be making his fifth start as an Oriole since coming over from the Cubs July 2. His numbers on the season (3.75 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) aren'€™t too different from his numbers since the trade (4.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP), especially considering the latter set is skewed by one clunker vs. the Rangers on July 8. On Monday, Feldman, who spent the first eight years of his major league career with the Rangers, went eight strong against the Royals, limiting host Kansas City to two runs on five hits and two walks. Most Red Sox don'€™t have much of a history against Feldman, but Napoli, his former teammate, has a 1.239 OPS and two home runs in 24 plate appearances. David Ortiz also has two homers, though his have come in just seven plate appearances. Red Sox vs. Feldman (RHP) Mike Napoli (24 plate appearances): .478 BA/.500 OBP/.739 OPS, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (9): .556/.556/.556, 1 RBI Mike Carp (8): .286/.250/.286, 1 RBI David Ortiz (7): .333/.429/1.333, 2 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 walk Stephen Drew (6): .167/.167/.167, 3 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (5): .400/.400/.400 Jarrod Saltalamacchia (4): .500/.500/1.500, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Jonny Gomes (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 strikeout Jose Iglesias, Ryan Lavarnway, Daniel Nava, Brandon Snyder and Shane Victorino have never faced Feldman. Orioles vs. Dempster (RHP) J.J. Hardy (35 plate appearances): .067 BA/.147 OBP/.100 SLG, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts Nate McLouth (32): .250/.438/.458, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts Nick Markakis (11): .200/.273/.500, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Manny Machado (10): .300/.300/.500, 2 doubles, 3 strikeouts Chris Davis (9): .125/.222/.500, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Adam Jones (9): .444/.444/.444, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout Matt Wieters (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Ryan Flaherty (5): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts No other Orioles batters have faced Dempster.