Joe Kelly

Thursday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Roenis Elias

May 14, 2015 - 4:21 am

The Red Sox will begin a four-game series against the Mariners on Thursday evening when Joe Kelly pitches against second-year hurler Roenis Elias. After two starts allowing fewer than three runs to open the season, Kelly has gone four straight outings in which he's given up at least five earned runs, the most recent of which was on Saturday against the Blue Jays. In a 5 2/3 inning effort, Kelly surrendered six earned runs on four hits, issuing a career-high seven walks throughout to just three K's. The Sox were in a 2-0 hole in the fourth inning before Kelly walked both Devon Travis and Jose Bautista. With two on, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer to extend the Toronto advantage. "Despite the number of walks early on, we're in a two-run game," said manager John Farrell. "But still, puts a couple of guys on via the walk, and then the third consecutive breaking ball to Encarnacion kind of spreads things to a five-run game." When Kelly, who owns a 1-2 record with a 6.35 ERA through 34 innings, takes the mound in Seattle on Thursday, it will be just his second career start opposite the Mariners. His only other appearance was a five-inning campaign in 2014 in which he gave up just one hit, walked three and struck out five. Kelly faced 19 batters and walked away with a 0.800 WHIP and a perfect 0.00 ERA. While Kelly's experience vs. Seattle is limited, Elias' against the Sox is nonexistent, as Thursday marks the first time the lefty will start against Boston. He entered the league last year and made 29 starts, posting a 10-12 record with a 3.85 ERA. In 163 2/3 innings, Elias gave up 70 earned runs on 151 hits and recorded a 1.314 WHIP with a 2.23 strikeout-to-walk ratio. This season, Elias has an almost identical 3.86 ERA through three starts and 18 2/3 innings for the Mariners. He has 19 strikeouts to seven walks and has given up eight earned runs on 18 hits so far, notching a 1.34 WHIP. Elias' last time out, seven innings against the Angels on May 6, yielded three earned runs on six hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Like that start, Elias has yet to give up more than three earned runs in any given outing and hasn't pitched fewer than 5 2/3 frames all year. Red Sox vs. Elias (LHP) No current member of the Red Sox has faced Elias. Mariners vs. Kelly (RHP) Nelson Cruz (10 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.400 OBP/.333 SLG, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Ricky Weeks (10): .111/.200/.444, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Justin Ruggiano (9): .111/.111/.111, 2 strikeouts Logan Morrison (8): .286/.375/.714, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Willie Bloomquist (3): .333/.333/.333 Robinson Cano (2): .000/.000/.000 Kyle Seager (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 strikeout Seth Smith has one strikeout in five plate appearances vs. Kelly, while Dustin Ackley and Mike Zunino each have one K in two PA and Brad Miller has one walk in two PA.