Henry Owens

Sunday's Red Sox-Astros matchups: Henry Owens vs. Scott Feldman

April 24, 2016 - 4:08 am
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Southpaw Henry Owens will take the hill for the Red Sox on Sunday night after being called up from Triple-A. He is set to square off against Astros right-hander Scott Feldman in the series finale. The 23-year-old Owens joined the Red Sox rotation late in the 2015 season, making 11 starts from August to October. He went 4-4 over that span with a 4.57 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 63 innings of work. After a rocky spring training, he started the year in Pawtucket and has pitched well out of the gate. In three starts with the PawSox, Owens is 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He has walked 10 and struck out 23 over 18 innings. When Joe Kelly was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, Owens was the first option to replace him in Triple-A. During the early stages of spring training, many felt it would be a battle between Kelly and Owens to earn the fifth spot in the Red Sox rotation. "This is awesome. I remember in high school, it was the same thing, competing for a varsity spot," Owens said during spring training. "The first big league camp I was at, after the won the World Series, I knew there wasn't really a spot for me. Last year kind of the same thing. I knew there was a little competition, but it was kind of set in stone. This year I truly believe there'€™s a spot up for grabs, and everyone else knows that so we'€™ll be out there competing against each other." Sunday will mark Owens' first career start against the Astros. Feldman will be seeking his first win of the season Sunday, as he his record sits at 0-2 through three starts. In his most recent outing on April 19 against the Rangers, Feldman went five innings and allowed four runs (three earned). He walked three and struck out just one in a game the Astros would go on to lose 7-5. "[Feldman] just couldn't put away hitters," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said following the loss. "They had a lot of guys that put swings on the ball with two strikes and found a way to do something. ... Every time we did something, they seemed to answer back." Feldman has appeared in 13 games against the Red Sox, including seven starts, going 1-4 with a 7.24 ERA and 1.783 WHIP. He has walked 21 and struck out 25 in 46 innings. Red Sox vs. Feldman (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (23 plate appearances): .435 AVG/.435 OBP/.609 SLG, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout David Ortiz (21): .278/.381/.611, 2 home runs, 8 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout Brock Holt (6): .500/.500/1.167, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI Christian Vazquez is 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs, while Jackie Bradley is 2-for-5 with two strikeouts. Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-4 with one home run and three RBIs. Chris Young is hitless in three at-bats, with one strikeout. Astros vs. Owens (LHP) No Astros have faced Owens.