Wade Miley

Saturday's Red Sox-Rangers matchups: Wade Miley vs. Chi Chi Gonzalez

May 30, 2015 - 4:12 am
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The Red Sox will play the third game of a four-game series against the Rangers in Texas on Saturday night. Wade Miley gets the call for the Sox while the Rangers will send Chi Chi Gonzalez to the mound for his major league debut.

Miley comes into Saturday'€™s game with a 4-4 record and 4.47 ERA. He has been on his game of late. Against the Angels in his last start on Sunday, Miley threw eight masterful innings, allowing just one run on four hits and earning the victory.

"It comes down to fastball command. Even he when he'€™s gotten a couple of guys on base, he hasn't overthrown as we saw maybe back in April," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Miley after that game. "He'€™s turned things around personally this month. That's pretty clear. He's back to a quick pace but a comfortable one for him, and he's commanding his pitches."

Miley, 28, has experienced an impressive turnaround since a tough start to the season. Through his first six starts, Miley was 1-4 with an ugly 6.91 ERA. Since then, he has won his past three starts, turning in impressive outings in each.

Over those three outings, Miley has pitched a total of 21 2/3 innings and accrued a WHIP of 1.02 with an ERA of 1.25.

The left-hander has been fortunate to hold batters to a BABIP of .229 in his past three starts, but he has been able to force ground balls. His opponents'€™ line drive rate is a low 17 percent, and he has gotten batters to hit at least nine grounders in each of his past three starts.

For the home team, Chi Chi Gonzalez will take the mound for the first start of his career.

This season at Triple-A Round Rock, Gonzalez has started eight games and tallied a 3-5 record. The 23-year-old Florida native has a 4.15 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. While those numbers may not jump off the page, Gonzalez has pitched better of late.

In his past three starts, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA. In 16 1/3 innings over that span, he has allowed four earned runs and struck out 13.

Gonzalez, the Rangers' first-round pick (23rd overall) in 2013 out of Oral Roberts University, is ranked as the team's€™ fifth-best prospect and MLB's 88th overall by MLB.com.

Red Sox vs. Gonzalez (RHP)

No Red Sox have faced Gonzalez.

Rangers vs. Miley (LHP)

Elvis Andrus is 0-for-7 with a strikeout in seven plate appearances against Miley.

Shin-Soo Choo (7 plate appearances): .000 AVG/.286 OBP/.000 SLG, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Adrian Beltre (6): .167/.167/.167, 3 strikeouts

Prince Fielder (4): .500/.500/.750, 1 double

Robinson Chirinos (3): .333/.333/1.000, 1 triple, 1 RBI

Delino DeShields is 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Miley.

Thomas Field (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts.

Josh Hamilton is 1-for-3 against Miley.

Mitch Moreland (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Carlos Corporan (2): 1.000/1.000/2.500, 1 home run, 2 RBIs

Leonys Martin and Adam Rosales have not faced Miley.

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