Wade Miley

Saturday’s Red Sox-Tigers matchups: Wade Miley vs. Alfredo Simon

August 08, 2015 - 6:40 am

In the second leg of a three-game set at Comerica Park in Detroit, the Red Sox will trot Wade Miley to the mound Saturday to face Alfredo Simon and the Tigers.

Miley enters the contest with a record of 8-9 and a 4.55 ERA. He has a moderate 4.08 FIP to go with a 1.389 WHIP in 22 starts on the season. Opponents are hitting .261 against Miley.

In his lasting outing against the Rays on Sunday, Miley took a no-decision in a game he pitched well enough to win. The left-hander tossed 6 2/3 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Miley, 28, left the game with a 3-2 lead, but reliever Junichi Tazawa lost the game by allowing two Rays runs in the eighth. He threw a career-high 120 pitches, 71 of which were strikes (59 percent).

"You want to be out there. It's no fun sitting down," Miley said postgame. "We've got five days before we get to go out and compete again. The longer we get to stay out there, the better. It's never fun to come out of the game."

Since the All-Star break, Miley has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his four starts, including taking a no-hitter into the seventh against the Angels in Anaheim. In the fourth start, however, he allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings to the White Sox. Even including that clunker performance, Miley's post-break ERA is 3.55 across 25 1/3 innings pitched.

In 20 starts this season, Simon equals Miley with a 4.55 ERA. He is 10-6 with a 4.23 FIP, a 1.431 WHIP and a strikeout rate of 6.4 per nine innings.

Simon, 34, hasn't started since July 30 in Baltimore. Simon and the Tigers took a 9-8 victory over the Orioles, as the starter hurled 5 2/3 innings allowing four runs on just two hits and three walks. He struck out just one and allowed two homers. The Tigers offense exploded for 16 hits and helped Simon walk away with the victory.

In his last eight starts dating back to June 20, Simon has posted an 8.33 ERA while opponents have hit .341 with an OPS of 1.002 against him. His WHIP in that span is a whopping 1.95. Somehow, the Tigers have managed to go 4-4 in those games, with Simon tallying a 3-3 record. In only one of those outings did Simon allow fewer than four runs. Prior to this stretch, his ERA was as low as 2.58, and it has since ballooned almost two full runs.

Simon had his start pushed back to Saturday to accommodate for a sore right groin injury he suffered against the Red Sox on July 25.

"We're going to bump Simon back and give him a little extra time for his groin," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Just because he felt good in his bullpen before his last start and then in the start he didn't look real good. So, hopefully we give him these extra days, it will make a difference. And obviously if we have to adjust we will."

Red Sox vs. Simon (RHP)

David Ortiz (12 plate appearances): .250 AVG/.500 OBP/.375 SLG, 1 double, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts

Pablo Sandoval (8): .000/.375/.000, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez (6): .500/.500/.500

Brock Holt (4): .250/.250/.500, 1 double

Xander Bogaerts (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Ryan Hanigan (3): .000/.000/.000

Alejandro De Aza (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Blake Swihart (2): .500/.500/1.500, 1 triple

Jackie Bradley, Rusney Castillo, Josh Rutledge and Travis Shaw have not faced Simon.

Tigers vs. Miley (LHP)

Ian Kinsler (3): .000/.000/.000

J.D. Martinez (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Rajai Davis (2): .500/.500/2.000, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

No other Tigers have faced Miley.