Sunday’s Red Sox-Tigers matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Anibal Sanchez

May 18, 2014 - 4:33 am

The Red Sox will wrap up their three-game series with the Tigers on Sunday night, as Jake Peavy will take the mound for Boston and face off against Anibal Sanchez. Peavy (1-1, 3.94 ERA) is coming off arguably his worst start of the season, as the Mobile, Ala., native gave up nine hits and six runs over 4 1/3 innings on May 13 against the Twins. It was the first time that Peavy had failed to make it past five innings in 18 career starts with Boston. "I wasn't quite making pitches," Peavy said after the game. "That's what it comes down to, executing your pitches. It's a scrappy lineup that's doing some good things against some good pitchers. I knew that coming in. Just didn't make a whole lot of quality pitches tonight. I've got to get better, and I will get better." Peavy was originally not scheduled to pitch in the weekend series against the Tigers, but manager John Farrell flip-flopped Peavy and Felix Doubront in the starting rotation earlier in the week, giving Peavy the nod in the series opener against the Twins. Peavy'€™s solid numbers against some of Detroit'€™s most dangerous batters (Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler all are hitting under .300 against Peavy) as well as well as the fact that the Tigers posses the second-highest batting average against lefties (.293) in the majors were the top factors that led to Farrell'€™s decision to switch up his pitching staff. "€œGiven the way [Detroit's] lineup stacks up, what they've been doing against left-handed starting, and more than anything, just the flexibility of the schedule, that gives us a chance to match up a little bit better," Farrell said. Peavy had a rough going in his last start against the Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series last fall. The 2007 Cy Young Award winner only lasted three innings while surrendering five hits and seven earned runs against the potent Detroit lineup. In 12 regular-season starts against Detroit, Peavy is 4-5 with a 4.83 ERA. Once a prospect in the Red Sox system, Sanchez (0-2, 3.13 ERA) was one of the chips dealt in the 2006 trade with the Marlins that saw Boston send away Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez and two other minor league pitchers to Florida in exchange for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota. Now entering his ninth season in the majors, Sanchez has carved out a solid career for himself with a career stat line of 62-61 with a 3.54 ERA. Sunday will be Sanchez'€™s first start in three weeks after being placed on the disabled list with a blister on his right hand on April 26. Sanchez, who led the AL in ERA last year with a 2.57 mark, likely will be on a strict pitch limit in the contest. "When he finally seems like he'€™s going to get on a roll, he gets the blister,'€ said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "It'€™ll be nice to get him back and it'€™ll take a couple starts to get his pitch count back up to where we don'€™t have to be concerned with it but I guess we'€™d have to do that regardless." In his last start at Fenway Park, Sanchez was magnificent, pitching six innings of no-hit ball while striking out 12 batters in Game 1 of the ALCS. This will be the first career regular-season start for Sanchez against Boston. In his last regular-season appearance against the Red Sox, Sanchez came on in relief for the Marlins and allowed eight hits and seven earned runs over 4 1/3 innings on July 1, 2006. Tigers vs. Peavy (RHP) Miguel Cabrera (40 plate appearances): .289/.347/.511, 3 home runs, 9 RBIs Austin Jackson (30): .321/.367/.571, 2 triples, 9 strikeouts Alex Avila (25): .190/.320/.381, 1 double, 5 strikeouts Torii Hunter (17): .438/.471/.813, 1 home run, 7 RBI Rajai Davis (10): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Don Kelly (10): .111/.200/.111, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Ian Kinsler (8): .286/.375/.571, 1 triple, 2 strikeouts Victor Martinez (8): .286/.250/.714, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Red Sox vs. Sanchez (RHP) Shane Victorino (47): .233/.298/.326, 1 home run, 7 strikeouts David Ross (12): .182/.250/.455, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Jonathan Herrera (9): .000/.125/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (5): .250/.400/.500, 1 double, 1 walk David Ortiz (3): 1.000/1.000/3.333, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs