Saturday’s Red Sox-Royals matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Jeremy Guthrie

August 10, 2013 - 4:57 am

Fresh off of his second shutout performance of the season, left-hander Felix Doubront will look to maintain his role of Mr. Consistent when the Red Sox face righty Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. That scoreless effort from Doubront (8-5, 3.56 ERA) lasted seven innings in a 4-0 win over the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon, right before the Red Sox hit the road for 10 straight away games. He scattered five hits and walked none while striking out five. Arizona'€™s bats were particularly hapless early, with Doubront cruising through the first six innings on 70 pitches before running into trouble in the seventh. An error and a single from old friend Cody Ross put two on with one out, but Doubront bounced back with a seven-pitch strikeout of Wil Nieves and a groundout from Gerardo Parra to get out of the jam on 25 pitches. '€œI gave everything to that moment, everything I have,'€ Doubront said afterward. '€œI was able to get a ground ball and get out of that inning. '€œI'€™ve been consistent in my five-day routine,'€ Doubront added. '€œI tinker my plan for my next outing '€” that'€™s the most important one. We'€™re working on that every fifth day.'€ At one point in the seventh, manager John Farrell and trainer Rick Jameyson made a trip to the mound when Doubront grabbed his side, which he said later was a bit tight. It appeared to be a non-issue, however, and he finished the inning. Sunday was the 15th outing in a row in which he allowed three earned runs or fewer. More recently, he has given up nine earned in his last 58 innings spanning nine starts since mid-June. In that time he owns a 2.02 ERA and 1.09 WHIP while limiting opposing batters to a .212 average and .582 OPS. Guthrie, meanwhile, has been serviceable in his second season as a Royal, posting a 3.96 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. His last time out, Monday against the Twins, he spun a gem: a complete-game shutout featuring four hits and a walk, as well as seven strikeouts. He may not fare nearly as well against the Red Sox, though, given that he got hit around for four runs on nine hits and four walks in six innings April 21. A number of Sox batters, including Jacoby Ellsbury (.983 OPS), Dustin Pedroia (.838 OPS) and Mike Carp (four extra-base hits in nine plate appearances), have hit Guthrie well over the years. Red Sox vs. Guthrie (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (54 plate appearances): .327 BA/.389 OBP/.449 SLG, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, 6 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (46): .381/.435/.548, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts David Ortiz (45): .342/.422/.711, 5 doubles, 3 home runs, 9 RBIs, 5 walks, 6 strikeouts Mike Napoli (18): .375/.444/.875, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (14): .500/.500/.917, 1 triple, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (13): .333/.462/.778, 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts Mike Carp (9): .556/.556/1.556, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs Shane Victorino (7): .333/.429/.500, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava (5): .250/.400/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk Ryan Lavarnway has one single and one walk in two plate appearances against Guthrie. Stephen Drew, Brock Holt and Brandon Snyder have never faced Guthrie. Royals vs. Doubront (LHP) Alex Gordon (7 plate appearances): .333 BA/.429 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Billy Butler (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Alcides Escobar (6): .400/.500/.400, 1 walk Eric Hosmer (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Jarrod Dyson (4): .500/.500/.500 Lorenzo Cain (3): .500/.667/2.000, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 walk Elliot Johnson has two strikeouts and one walk in three plate appearances against Doubront. Mike Moustakas (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double Brett Hayes has two strikeouts in two plate appearances against Doubront. George Kottaras, David Lough, Justin Maxwell and Miguel Tejada have never faced Doubront.

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