Clay Buchholz

Thursday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Jake Odorizzi

April 23, 2015 - 4:20 am

In the Red Sox' last game at Tropicana Field until June, righty Clay Buchholz will be tasked with handling the ball for Boston, facing off against Jake Odorizzi of the Rays. Bouncing back from his shaky start against the Yankees, Buchholz tossed six innings of two-run ball against the Orioles on Saturday, fanning seven batters. The quality start Buchholz turned in would have been enough were it not for the lack of run support from his team in a 7-4 loss. "Buch did a great job of keeping us close and keeping us in the game," said teammate Brock Holt. "Made some big pitches when we needed it and got us out of some jams. He did his job. We just unfortunately weren't able to put any runs on the board." With the outing, Buchholz lowered his ERA from 7.84 to 6.06 and is averaging 10.47 strikeouts per nine innings. In 18 starts against Tampa Bay, Buchholz has a 2.45 ERA and an 8-6 record, posting a WHIP of .835. Ten of those starts took place at the Trop, where he has a 1.95 ERA through 64 2/3 innings, holding batters to a .178 average. His last outing in St. Petersburg was a complete game effort on Aug. 31 of last year. Buchholz threw nine innings and shut out the Rays, allowing just three hits and striking out six. Through three starts this year, Odorizzi has a 1.74 ERA, tied for 18th in the majors, and four earned runs to his name. He has given up nine hits in 20 2/3 innings and has struck out 19 in that time, averaging 8.3 K's per nine innings. In addition, Odorizzi has a 0.677 WHIP, third best in the league, and his .129 opponent batting average is good for third as well. He began the season with two wins, allowing one run over 14 2/3 innings against the Orioles and the Blue Jays. His most recent outing, a loss to the Yankees, was hardly his fault. In six innings on the mound, Odorizzi gave up three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out nine. He exited the game after pitching to one batter in the seventh, and New York was able to compile seven total runs in the frame, finishing with a 9-0 victory. Odorizzi has faced the Red Sox five times in his young career, recording a 4.32 ERA when playing Boston. In 25 innings against the Sox he has given up 23 hits, eight for extra bases, and 12 runs, holding Boston to a .245 average. Last season Odorizzi registered a 5.12 ERA against the Red Sox in four starts, surrendering 18 hits and 11 runs in 19 1/3 innings. Red Sox vs. Odorizzi (RHP) Allen Craig (11 plate appearances): .000 AVG/.182 OBP/.000 SLG, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (10): .286/.400/.429, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava (10): .125/.300/.500, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts David Ortiz (10): .100/.100/.100, 2 strikeouts Brock Holt (8): .143/.125/.571, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (7): .286/.286/.286 Mookie Betts (6): .250/.500/.250, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Shane Victorino (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Rays vs. Buchholz (RHP) Evan Longoria (45 plate appearances): .200 AVG/.289 OBP/.275 SLG, 3 doubles, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 14 strikeouts Desmond Jennings (20): .235/.278/.294, 1 double, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts David DeJesus (18): .400/.500/.467, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 1 strikeout John Jaso (16): .286/.375/.500, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts James Loney (14): .083/.214/.083, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Asdrubal Cabrera (11): .444/.545/1.222, 1 double, 2 home runs, 2 RBI, 2 walks Brandon Guyer (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 strikeout Kevin Kiermaier (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout Logan Forsythe (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Rene Rivera (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk Bobby Wilson (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout