Rick Porcello

Saturday's Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Felix Hernandez

May 16, 2015 - 5:35 am

The Red Sox continue their weekend series against the Mariners on Saturday, with Rick Porcello on the mound against Felix Hernandez. After allowing just four runs in his last 19 innings over three starts, Porcello's ERA has dropped to 4.50, the best among Red Sox starters. He also leads Boston starters with a 1.32 WHIP and is second with a .269 batting average against. He has 38 strikeouts and just 11 walks. He was plagued by the long ball at the beginning of the season, but Porcello has gone three games without allowing a home run. In his last start, the 26-year-old went five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three. He struggled to find the form that he had in his previous two outings, but Porcello was able to spread out baserunners enough and work out of jams to limit the damage. The Red Sox won the game, 5-4, but Porcello received a no-decision, which held his record at 3-2. It was the fourth straight Boston win in games that Porcello has started. In eight career starts against the Mariners, Porcello is 4-3 with a 3.96 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, 42 walks and 10 strikeouts. He has made two starts at Safeco Field and has a 2-0 record with a 1.32 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP at the home of the Mariners. Porcello likely will need to give the Red Sox another great start, as Hernandez has been exhibiting his Cy Young form from 2010. King Felix leads the American League with a 6-0 record and is third among AL starters with a 1.85 ERA, first with a 0.84 WHIP, fourth with a .192 batting average against, and fifth with 50 strikeouts. He has walked just eight batters. In his seven starts, Hernandez went fewer than 6 2/3 innings just once and has gone at least seven innings in five of his outings. In his last start, a win over the Athletics, Hernandez threw seven innings and gave up two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six. For the first time since Aug. 29 of last year, the 29-year-old Venezuelan allowed more than one home run in a single game. He gave up a pair of solo shots to Marcus Semien, one in the third inning and one in the sixth. In 16 career starts against the Red Sox, Hernandez is 8-2 with a 3.06 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, 103 strikeouts and 33 walks. He has two career complete-game shutouts against the Sox. Red Sox vs. Hernandez (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (47 plate appearances): .302 AVG/.362 OBP/.395 SLG, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts Mike Napoli (45): .205/.311/.436, 2 HRs, 3 doubles, 4 RBIs, 6 walks, 14 strikeouts David Ortiz (44): .361/.455/.500, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs, 7 walks, 7 strikeouts Daniel Nava (20): .250/.250/.350, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts Brock Holt (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Hanley Ramirez (8): .250/.250/.250, 3 strikeouts Shane Victorino (7): .333/.429/.833, 1 triple, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk Pablo Sandoval (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts has two strikeouts and a HBP in five plate appearances vs. Hernandez. Jackie Bradley is 0-for-3 in three plate appearances vs. Hernandez. Mookie Betts has one strikeout in two plate appearances vs. Hernandez. Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart have not faced Hernandez. Mariners vs. Porcello (RHP) Robinson Cano (23): .429/.478/.667, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Nelson Cruz (22): .182/.182/.182, 2 RBIs, 6 strikeouts Seth Smith (11): .600/.636/1.000, 1 triple, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk Dustin Ackley (9): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout Kyle Seager (6): .400/.500/.400, 1 RBI, 1 walk Logan Morrison (4): .750/.750/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI Chris Taylor (3): .667/.667/.667, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Justin Ruggiano is 0-for-1 in one plate appearance vs. Porcello. Mike Zunino has four strikeouts and one HBP in six plate appearances vs. Porcello. Willie Bloomquist, Brad Miller, Jesus Sucre and Rickie Weeks have not faced Porcello.