Wade Miley

Thursday's Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Wade Miley vs. Chris Tillman

June 11, 2015 - 4:21 am
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In the final game of a three-game set from Camden Yards, the Red Sox will send Wade Miley to the hill to face Chris Tillman of the Orioles. Having lost the first two games of the series, the Sox look to avoid the sweep and to not fall further into the cellar of the AL East.

Miley has a 5-5 record with a 4.67 ERA through his first 11 starts. He has posted a pedestrian 1.36 WHIP.

In his last outing, the 28-year-old pushed his record to an even .500 with a victory over the Athletics at Fenway. The left-hander tossed 7 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked only one and struck out six. Miley threw 69 of 96 pitches for strikes, and induced 13 ground balls.

"Tonight I had good command of the fastball, really got on a good page with [Blake] Swihart," Miley said after his outing. "We scored some runs early and got the momentum on our side, and I just wanted to keep it that way. We were able to pull that one out."

Miley's previous start was a clunker of a loss to the Rangers in which he lasted only four innings, allowing five earned runs.

Aside from that outing, Miley has been very solid over the past few weeks. Dating back to May 13, Miley has thrown 33 innings and worked to a 2.73 ERA. In that time, spanning five starts, Miley has earned a 4-1 record.

Having spent his entire career pre-2015 in the NL, Miley doesn't have much experience against usual Red Sox foes like the Orioles. His only appearance at Camden Yards was one to forget, as he lasted only 2 1/3 innings and allowed six earned runs in Boston's 18-7 loss on April 26.

Miley's counterpart will also be making his 12th start of the season. Tillman, 27, has struggled to a 3-7 record and 5.61 ERA. He is tied for the AL lead in losses.

The right-hander was the team's Opening Day starter but has disappointed and has not lived up to his top-of-the-rotation billing. Opponents have hit .286 against Tillman, who owns a 1.62 WHIP. However, his most recent start was a good one.

Tillman hurled 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball, allowing six hits and three walks. He struck out three in the 5-2 win over the Indians. The win was Tillman's first since April 18 against the Red Sox.

Over the course of his seven-year career, Tillman has enjoyed facing the Red Sox. He has made 17 starts against Boston and owns an 8-3 record and 2.73 ERA. For his career, Tillman has struck out 6.8 hitters per nine innings. Against the Sox, he has struck out 7.7 opponents per nine.

Red Sox vs. Tillman (RHP)

Dustin Pedroia (42 plate appearances): .263 AVG/.310 OBP/.316 SLG, 2 doubles, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

David Ortiz (35): .200/.314/.333, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, 6 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (29): .280/.379/.360, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 9 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (18): .133/.278/.333, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

Brock Holt (8): .625/.625/.625, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (7): .167/.286/.167, 3 strikeouts

Pablo Sandoval (7): .167/.286/.333, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk

Rusney Castillo is 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Tillman.

Alejandro De Aza is 1-for-3 with a strikeout against Tillman.

Hanley Ramirez is 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Tillman.

Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart have not faced Tillman.

Orioles vs. Miley (LHP)

Steve Pearce (8): .286/.250/.286, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Chris Davis (5): .200/.200/.400, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Adam Jones (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 RBI, 1 walk

Manny Machado (5): .250/.400/.250, 1 walk.

J.J. Hardy is 1-for-3 with a double against Miley.

Matt Wieters (3): .500/.667/2.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 walk

Delmon Young is 1-for-2 with an RBI against Miley.

Jimmy Paredes is 0-for-1 against Miley.

No other Orioles have faced Miley.

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