Sunday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Kevin Gausman

July 06, 2014 - 8:39 am

The Red Sox will close out a three-game series against the Orioles Sunday, sending Jake Peavy to the mound against Kevin Gausman. The 2014 season has been a miserable campaign for Peavy (1-7, 4.82 ERA), who is winless in his last 12 starts. While Peavy may not have pitched his way to win since April 25, his subpar record is not a direct result of his performance on the mound. Of Peavy'€™s 17 starts this year, the Red Sox have been shut out in three of them, while scoring two runs or fewer in 13 games in which he'€™s pitched. Peavy turned in one of his finer performances this year in his last start Monday against the Cubs, allowing five hits and two earned runs over six innings while striking out seven. However, in what has been a recurring theme this year, the opposing pitcher was even better, as Chicago'€™s Jake Arrieta carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning en route to a 2-0 Chicago win. "You just go out and try to give your team the best chance that you can give them on that night to win," Peavy said after the game. "And I've got to do a better job of that. It's going to change. This isn't going to keep happening. I promise you, I've got my head down and working. It'll change. There's going to be games where we score five, six, seven runs on the day I start. I'm not going to believe that this is how it's going to be for the next 16 or 17 starts." Peavy took the loss in his last outing against Baltimore on June 9, surrendering four earned runs over seven innings while striking out seven. In five career starts against the Orioles, Peavy is 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA. It'€™s been a roller coaster of a season for Gausman (3-2, 3.86 ERA) who, after posting a 3-1 record with a 2.74 ERA over his first four starts of the season, was optioned down Triple-A Norfolk on June 21. The move was made to make room in the Baltimore rotation for Miguel Gonzalez, who was activated from the disabled list. Gausman was called back up on June 27 to pitch in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Rays, allowing seven hits and five earned runs in five innings of work. Gausman struggled with his control in the contest, hitting a batter and walking four in his outing. Only 50 of his 95 pitches were for strikes. "From the first inning on, I just didn't have my stuff,"€ Gausman said after the game. "I didn't have my best fastball and I didn't have my best split, my best second pitch. ... I threw some good sliders today, but overall, my stuff just wasn't really good today, and more than anything, I just felt kind of out of whack." Gausman'€™s last faced off against Boston on September 28, 2013, as the LSU product struck out two batters and allowed no runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief. In four career appearances against the Red Sox (one start), Gausman is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA. Orioles vs. Peavy (RHP) J.J. Hardy (26 plate appearances): .091/.192/.136, 1 double, 6 strikeouts Nick Markakis (17): .357/.471/.571, 1 home run, 3 walks Nelson Cruz (15): .308/.400/.692, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Delmon Young (15): .231/.333/.538, 1 home run, 5 strikeouts Adam Jones (13): .583/.615/.917, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Chris Davis (12): .100/.250/.100, 1 single, 2 strikeouts David Lough (9): .222/.222/.333, 1 double, 2 strikeouts Ryan Flaherty (6): .500/.500/1.167, 1 double, 1 home run Caleb Joseph has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Peavy. Jonathan Schoop has two strikeouts in three plate appearances vs. Peavy. Red Sox vs. Gausman (RHP)  Dustin Pedroia (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 single, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava has two strikeouts in three plate appearances vs. Gausman. David Ortiz (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 home run, 2 strikeouts Stephen Drew (2): .000/.000/.000 Mike Napoli (2): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts (1): .000/.000/.000 David Ross has one strikeout in one at-bat vs. Gausman.