Wade Miley

Sunday's Red Sox-Royals matchups: Wade Miley vs. Chris Young

June 21, 2015 - 4:05 am

As the Red Sox conclude a four-game set with the AL's second-best team, the Royals, they will send Wade Miley to the bump to oppose veteran Chris Young. Miley enters Sunday's contest coming off of the most important start of his young Red Sox career. The left-hander put an end to the Red Sox' season-worst seven-game losing streak with 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball and eight strikeouts in a 9-4 win over the Braves on Tuesday. Just one start removed from the pandemonium and media circus of his dugout outburst, Miley responded in the best way possible. And while Brock Holt may have stolen the show with the first Red Sox cycle in nearly 20 years, Miley's teammates did not soon forget his stellar effort. "He's extremely competitive, but he's a great guy," said fellow starter Rick Porcello. "Always loose. He never changes. He's the same guy every day. ... He didn't pay attention to any of that other stuff. He went out there and did his job." Miley's been doing his job a lot better lately. The southpaw owns a meager 6-6 record and 4.88 ERA for the season. However, in his last two starts excluding his implosion against the Orioles on June 11, Miley has tossed 13 2/3 innings, giving up just four runs and striking out 14. Miley will remain wary going into Sunday's start, though, as he's given up nine hits and five runs in two consecutive road starts. In the home dugout, Young will take comfort in his last couple of outings. Over 13 1/3 innings, he has allowed just six hits and no runs. Opponents are slashing a paltry .136/.191/.205 during this stretch. In his latest outing against the Brewers on Tuesday, Young hurled seven quality innings, needing just 89 pitches to wade his way through a weak Brewers batting order. After the game, Young's manager, Ned Yost, commented on the consistency he brings to the table. "It's a real nice feeling," Yost said. "But it starts before the game because you've got a real good idea of what you're going to get. The guy's going to compete, he's going to execute pitches, he's got a tremendous game plan. There's just a lot of confidence every time he steps on the mound." Young started the 2015 season in the bullpen for the Royals, but injuries in the rotation have pushed him into a starting role, where he has thrived. The 11-year veteran has compiled a 6-2 record and an eye-popping 1.98 ERA for the season and a 4-2 mark with a 2.36 ERA since his move into the rotation. The key to Young's success is his knack for limiting hard contact. In his seven starts, opponents have mustered a .237 BABIP, well below the league average of .296. In four career starts against the Red Sox, Young, 36, has seen his flaws exposed. He has posted a 2-1 record and a 4.82 ERA vs. the Sox, his fourth-worst ERA facing teams against whom he has made four or more starts. Red Sox vs. Young (RHP) Pablo Sandoval (12 plate appearances): .273 AVG/.333 OBP/.273 SLG, David Ortiz (11): .143/.455/.571, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 4 walks Dustin Pedroia (6): .600/.667/.800, 1 double, 1 walk Hanley Ramirez (6): .200/.333/.400, 1 double, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Brock Holt (3): .333/.333/.333 Sandy Leon (3): .000/.333/.000 Mookie Betts is 0-for-1 with a walk in two plate appearances against Young. Mike Napoli has a walk and a sacrifice fly in two plate appearances against Young. No other Red Sox have faced Young. Royals vs. Miley (LHP) Alcides Escobar (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Alex Gordon (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout Omar Infante (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Mike Moustakas (6): .167/.167/.167 Lorenzo Cain (3): .500/.667/.500 Jarrod Dyson (3): .333/.333/.333 Eric Hosmer (3): .000/.333/.000\ Salvador Perez (3): 1.000/1.000/2.000, 1 HR, 3 RBIs Drew Butera is 0-for-2 with two strikeouts against Miley. Christian Colon, Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios have not faced Miley.