Wade Miley

Saturday's Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Wade Miley vs. Felix Hernandez

August 15, 2015 - 4:20 am
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The second game of a three-game series from Fenway will pit Wade Miley against a King in Felix Hernandez.

Miley enters the contest with a record of 8-9 and a 4.68 ERA in 23 starts this season. He has a 1.402 WHIP and 4.08 FIP while opponents have hit .265 against him. The left-hander has been consistently solid and mediocre throughout the season.

The same can'€™t be said of any of Miley'€™s cohorts in the Red Sox rotation. Miley is the only starter to remain in the rotation for the duration of the season. Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello are on the DL, Joe Kelly was sent to Pawtucket and has since returned, and Justin Masterson went to the DL and Pawtucket before returning to the Sox as a reliever and then being designated for assignment.

Miley'€™s last start was a no-decision in Detroit last Saturday. Miley struggled, throwing six innings and allowing five runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out six. The Sox ended up with a 7-6 loss, with Junichi Tazawa taking a blown save and loss after giving up two runs in the seventh.

"The first two times through the order I had been throwing a lot of hard stuff, and they were starting to foul off my fastball," Miley said following the outing. "So I decided to go soft the third time through the order. In retrospect, I wish I hadn't done that."

Miley has only one career start against the Mariners and it came back in June of 2012 when Miley was a member of the Diamondbacks. He threw seven innings and allowed just a run on nine hits while striking out eight.

Miley has the misfortune of opposing King Felix. Hernandez comes into Saturday'€™s game with a 14-6 record and 3.11 ERA to go along with a 1.142 WHIP and 3.26 FIP.

Compared to the ridiculous standards of the rest of his career, Hernandez, 29, is having something of a down year. His ERA is the highest it has been since 2011, his WHIP is at its highest since 2008, and yet Hernandez still is tied for the league lead in wins. Hernandez won the Cy Young in 2010 and has twice (2009 and 2014) finished second in the voting. It is a testament to the impressiveness of the six-time All-Star'€™s career that his numbers this season are below average.

The right-hander'€™s last start was a win over the Rangers at Safeco Field on Sunday. Hernandez tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out five and hit a batter in a game the Mariners won by a 4-2 score.

"Sure, I believe Felix has a run in him," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said when asked about Hernandez's Cy Young chances. "He may run the table, you never know. He's certainly not out of it. By no means."

In 17 career starts against the Red Sox, Hernandez is 8-3 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.249 WHIP. He has struck out 108 Sox hitters in 117 2/3 innings. Eight of those starts have come at Fenway, where Hernandez is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.139 WHIP.

Mariners vs. Miley (LHP)

Robinson Cano (3 plate appearances): .000 AVG/.000 OBP/.000 SLG, 1 strikeout

Franklin Gutierrez (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Jesus Montero (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Logan Morrison (3): .000/.000/.000

Kyle Seager (3): .667/.667/.667

Nelson Cruz is 0-for-1 with a strikeout against Miley.

No other Mariners have faced Miley.

Red Sox vs. Hernandez (RHP)

David Ortiz (47): .395/.489/1.095, 2 HR, 2 doubles, 7 RBIs, 8 walks, 7 strikeouts

Brock Holt (13): .083/.154/.083, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Alejandro De Aza (12): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez (11): .273/.273/.273, 4 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (8): .000/.250/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Pablo Sandoval (7): .286/.296/.714, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Jackie Bradley Jr. (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Ryan Hanigan (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 3 RBIs

Blake Swihart (3): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Cookie Betts is 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Hernandez.

Rusney Castillo, Josh Rutledge and Travis Shaw have not faced Hernandez.

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