Sunday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: David Price vs. R.A. Dickey

May 29, 2016 - 5:07 am
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Looking to avoid a three-game sweep in Toronto, the Red Sox will send out former Blue Jay David Price to square off against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in Sunday afternoon's series finale. Price comes in with a 7-1 record, 5.34 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He leads the league with 76 strikeouts and an average of 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings. After a disappointing first month with the Red Sox, the left-hander is coming off three straight quality starts (all wins). His last outing was last Tuesday against the Rockies, when he pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits and a a walk with six strikeouts, and the Boston offense provided him with plenty of support in an 8-3 win. "To go out there, knowing you don't have to be perfect, it's huge," Price said afterward. "At some point, we're going to struggle offensively. That's when the pitchers are going to have to come together." In 22 career starts against Toronto, Price is 17-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He has more wins against the Jays than any other team he's faced. Price last faced Toronto on April 16 and gave up two runs on six hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings as Boston grabbed a 4-2 win. Dickey (2-6, 4.60 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) also has bounced back from a slow start with a strong May. He's allowed just 11 earned runs in five May games, although he surrendered four earned runs in each of his last two starts, including last Tuesday's 6-0 loss to the Yankees. In that game, Dickey went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Despite Dickey's improvement, the Jays have not fared well with the veteran knuckleballer on the mound, losing eight of his 10 starts this year. In 24 career games against the Red Sox (18 starts), Dickey is 6-8 with a 4.48 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He has already faced Boston twice this season -- consecutive starts in mid-April -- going 0-2 with 7.45 ERA and 2.06 WHIP. Red Sox vs. Dickey (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (50 plate appearances): .250 AVG/.280 OBP/.375 SLG, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts David Ortiz (41): .278/.366/.611, 3 doubles, 3 HR, 9 RBIs, 5 walks, 8 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (37): .278/.297/.500, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (35): .364/.400/.576, 4 doubles, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts Mookie Betts (30): .310/.333/.483, 1 double, 2 triples, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Jackie Bradley Jr. (25): .130/.200/.261, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts Chris Young is 1-for-13 with 1 double and 5 strikeouts. Travis Shaw (12): .400/.500/.900, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Christian Vazquez is 3-for-10 with 1 double and 2 strikeouts. Ryan Hannigan (9): .375/.375/.500, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Blake Swihart (6): .250/.333/.250, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Blue Jays vs. Price (LHP) Jose Bautista (61 plate appearances): .346 AVG/.426 OBP/.712 SLG, 4 doubles, 5 HR, 12 RBIs, 7 walks, 11 strikeouts Edwin Encarnacion (47): .238/.298/.476, 1 double, 3 HR, 7 RBIs, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts Russell Martin (29): .200/.310/.200, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts Josh Donaldson (12): .333/.333/.667, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 strikeouts Justin Smoak (7): .143/.143/.143, 2 strikeouts Kevin Pillar (6): .167/.167/.667, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts Ryan Goins is 0-for-5 with 2 strikeouts. Josh Thole is 1-for-4 with 1 strikeout. Darwin Barney is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts. Michael Saunders is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout. Devon Travis is 2-for-3. Ezequiel Carrera is 1-for-2 with 1 strikeout. Jimmy Paredes is 1-for-2 with 1 strikeout.

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