Saturday's Red Sox-Yankees matchups: John Lackey vs. David Huff

September 07, 2013 - 5:20 am
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Despite only allowing 18 earned runs over his last 49 1/3 innings, Sox pitcher John Lackey only has a 1-4 record to show for it over those seven starts, mostly due to a lack of run support. Lackey and his teammates will try to turn around his recent stretch of bad luck Saturday afternoon, as the right-hander takes on the Yankees and left-hander David Huff at Yankee Stadium. Despite being ranked second on the team in ERA (3.22) and innings pitched (162 1/3 innings), Lackey is tied for last on the staff with eight wins and has the most losses among Sox pitchers with 12. Perhaps the best way to highlight the lack of run support in Lackey's games this year is by looking at the Sox's 20-4 win against the Tigers on Wednesday, as the 20 runs that Boston scored in those nine innings equals the same amount of runs that the team has scored in Lackey's last nine starts. Lackey once again was solid in his last start against the Tigers on Monday, as he held the potent Detroit lineup to just three earned runs over 7 1/3 innings. However, he was outdueled by Doug Fister, who held the Red Sox to four hits and zero runs over seven innings as the Tigers won the game by a score of 3-0, handing Lackey his 12th loss. "This is about as good as I've ever pitched," Lackey said after the game. "I'm probably better now than I ever have been." While he only has one win over his last nine starts, Lackey earned that victory in his last start against the Yankees on Aug. 17, as the right-hander held the Bronx Bombers to just one earned run over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-1 Boston victory. In 25 career starts against New York, Lackey is 9-10 with a 4.58 ERA. Picked up off waivers from the Indians on May 26, Huff has appeared in six games for the Yankees out of the bullpen, compiling a 2-0 record with a 1.13 ERA over 16 innings. Saturday will be the first start for Huff, who is replacing Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.86 ERA) in the Yankee rotation, mostly due to the fact that Hughes is 0-4 with a 6.46 ERA in August. In 16 2/3 career innings against the Red Sox, Huff is 0-2 with a 1.62 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Red Sox vs. David Huff (LHP) Jonny Gomes (8 plate appearances): .125 BA/.125 OBP/.500 SLG, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Mike Napoli (8): .500/.625/1.000, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 walks David Ortiz (8): .286/.375/.286, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk Jacoby Ellsbury (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout John McDonald (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 single Mike Carp (2): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI Quintin Berry, Xander Bogaerts, Stephen Drew, Ryan Lavarnway, Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava, David Ross, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Brandon Snyder and Shane Victorino have not faced Huff. Yankees vs. Lackey (RHP) Ichiro Suzuki (114 plate appearances): .287 BA/.325 OBP/.361 SLG, 31 hits, 16 strikeouts Derek Jeter (75): .297/.384/.438, 6 doubles, 7 RBIs Alex Rodriguez (74): .183/.324/.483, 5 home runs, 26 strikeouts Robinson Cano (53): .265/.321/.388, 6 doubles, 5 RBI Vernon Wells (43): .200/.256/.275, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Alfonso Soriano (36): .152/.222/.182, 1 double, 7 strikeouts Curtis Granderson (34): .276/.382/.552, 2 triples, 1 home run Brett Gardner (30): .321/.367/.464, 2 doubles, 2 RBI Lyle Overbay (30): .370/.433/.593, 6 doubles, 4 RBIS Mark Reynolds (12): .182/.250/.182, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts Eduardo Nunez (9): .429/.556/.714, 2 doubles, 2 walks Chris Stewart (6): .250/.400/.500, 1 double Austin Romine (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 single David Adams and J.R. Murphy have not faced Lackey.

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