Wade Miley

Thursday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Wade Miley vs. Matt Boyd

July 02, 2015 - 3:52 am
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In the final game of a four-game set, Wade Miley will take the hill for the Red Sox against rookie left-hander Matt Boyd of the Blue Jays. Winners of the first two games before Wednesday's loss, the Sox look to clinch a series victory on Thursday.

Miley will take the mound at Rogers Centre the owner of a 7-7 record and 4.38 ERA. He has been solid in the middle of the Red Sox rotation recently and has posted a 3.96 FIP, better than his ERA would indicate.

In his last outing on Saturday against Tampa Bay, Miley did not receive much help from his offense en route to a losing effort. The left-hander hurled 6 1/3 innings and allowed only two runs on five hits. He struck out eight, tying his season high. However, the Sox dropped the game by a score of 4-1 to the Rays.

The two runs allowed by Miley came off the bat of Jake Elmore, who knocked a home run into Tropicana Field'€™s 162 Landing and gave the Rays a 2-0 lead they did not relinquish.

"I think we did a good job early and really the whole time," Miley said following the game. "Me and [catcher] Sandy [Leon] did a good job of mixing up the pitch selection and we were able to execute. It was really just that one slider. I was trying to bounce it, and I just left it up and [Elmore] did a good job."

After being acquired from Arizona in the offseason, the 28-year-old struggled to get his feet under him in Boston at the beginning of the year. Since then, he has settled in nicely as a mid-rotation starter.

In his last nine starts dating back to May 13, Miley has posted a record of 6-3 and a 3.07 ERA across 55 2/3 innings of work. Miley has been the best of the starting pitchers the Red Sox added this winter, clearing the admittedly low bar set by Justin Masterson (5.58 ERA) and Rick Porcello (5.54 ERA).

In his only career appearance, Boyd took the loss against the Rangers on Saturday. The 24-year-old tossed 6 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. He struck out seven along the way, as the Blue Jays got shut out 4-0.

The southpaw was done in by the long ball, allowing three solo home runs to Rangers hitters.

"Definitely something to build off of," Boyd said after his debut. "You have a goal at the start, you always want to get deep in the game and put your team in a position to win the game. Some of those home runs, I know I could've made a few pitches a little differently and just executed them a little better."

Boyd was selected by Toronto in the sixth round of the 2013 draft and made his way quickly through the farm system. He started 12 games at Double-A New Hampshire this season, then made two starts for Triple-A Buffalo before getting called to the major league squad.

Between the two stops in the minors in 2015, Boyd was impressive, earning a 7-2 record and 1.26 ERA over 85 2/3 innings pitched. He posted a combined WHIP of .805 and opponents hit just .171 against him.

Red Sox vs. Boyd (LHP)

No Red Sox hitters have faced Boyd.

Blue Jays vs. Miley (LHP)

Russell Martin (12 plate appearances): .250 AVG/.250 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 double, 1 RBI, 6 strikeouts

Jose Reyes (8): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI

Edwin Encarnacion (5): .750/.800/1.250, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Kevin Pillar (4): .333/.250/.667, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Jose Bautista (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Chris Colabello (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Josh Donaldson (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Justin Smoak is 1-for-3 against Miley.

Devon Travis is 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Miley.

Danny Valencia is 2-for-3 with an RBI against Miley.

Ryan Goins is 0-for-2 with a strikeout in his career against Miley.

Tedd Redmond walked in his only plate appearance against Miley.

Ezequiel Carrera and Dioner Navarro have not faced Miley.