Clay Buchholz

Sunday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. R.A. Dickey

May 10, 2015 - 5:24 am

The Red Sox will wrap up a three-game series in Toronto with Clay Buchholz on the mound against R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays. Buchholz has had trouble maintaining consistency after his great start on Opening Day. In his last start, the 30-year-old went 6 1/3 innings against the Rays, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven. He gave up two runs in each of the first two innings before settling in and not allowing Tampa Bay to score again until the seventh. In the second inning, Buchholz gave up a two-run home run to designated hitter Joey Butler. It was the first home run of Butler's career. The loss dropped Buchholz' record to 1-4. "I felt like I settled in fairly decent," Buchholz said after the game. "There were a lot of pitches I didn't feel like I got the benefit of the doubt on on the strike zone, but you can't let that affect you. There's going to be a lot of times that's the way you feel about it. For the most part I felt like I threw the ball well, the line doesn't show for it and the loss is not good either." Buchholz takes his 6.03 ERA and 1.60 WHIP to face a Blue Jays lineup that has been one of the most productive in baseball to this point. In his last outing against Toronto, which came at Fenway Park in late April, he made it through just 2 2/3 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Through six outings, Buchholz has not been very fortunate in the run support department, as the Red Sox have been held to just one run in three of his starts. In 13 career starts at the Rogers Centre, Buchholz is 8-3 with a 2.16 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, 61 strikeouts and 33 walks. Buchholz's opponent on the mound will be the veteran knuckleballer Dickey. Through six starts, the 40-year-old has made it through at least six innings five times. He carries a 1-3 record into Sunday's game. Dickey's last start was his best of the season, an eight-inning gem against the Yankees. He allowed just one run on three hits and three walks to the New York offense. For the second time this season, he did not record a strikeout in the start. His ERA dropped to 4.38 and his WHIP fell to 1.23 as a result of the solid outing. Dickey had a good outing against the Sox earlier this season but was outdueled by Rick Porcello and received a loss. In seven innings of work, Dickey allowed four Red Sox to score on nine hits, no walks and a strikeout. Hanley Ramirez hit a home run off Dickey, who has been tagged for five long balls on the season. The native of Nashville has had similar bad luck to Buchholz this season, as the Blue Jays offense was only able to score one run in two of Dickey's losses and just three runs in the other. In 17 career appearances against the Red Sox, Dickey is 6-4 with a 4.13 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, 70 strikeouts and 19 walks. Red Sox vs. Dickey (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (32 plate appearances): .226 AVG/.250 OBP/.323 SLG, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (25): .292/.320/.542, 1 HR, 3 doubles, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Mike Napoli (23): .286/.348/.381, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts David Ortiz (23): .381/.435/.762, 2 HRs, 2 doubles, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts Daniel Nava (18): .235/.222/.353, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (16): .188/.188/.313, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (14): .500/.500/.643, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout Mooke Betts (11): .300/.364/.400, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Brock Holt (10): .222/.300/.222, 2 strikeouts Sandy Leon (1): 1.000/1.000/1.000 Allen Craig has one walk and two strikeouts in 7 plate appearances vs. Dickey. Luis Jimenez and Blake Swihart have not faced Dickey. Blue Jays vs. Buchholz (RHP) Jose Bautista (58): .275/.328/.392, 1 HR, 3 doubles, 5 RBIs, 5 walks, 13 strikeouts Edwin Encarnacion (37): .167/.324/.367, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 7 walks, 3 strikeouts Russell Martin (16): .313/.313/1.063, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Ryan Goins (14): .500/.500/.714, 1 triple, 1 double, 4 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Danny Valencia (9): .125/.222/.125, 4 strikeouts Josh Thole (6): .667/.800/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks Josh Donaldson (5): .250/.400/.250, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Michael Saunders (5): .250/.400/.250, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Kevin Pillar (4): .333/.500/.333, 1 walk Justin Smoak (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Devon Travis (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI Ezequiel Carrera has one RBI and three strikeouts in four plate appearances vs. Buchholz. Chris Colabello has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Buchholz.