Thursday's Red Sox-Rays Game 1 matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Cesar Ramos

May 01, 2014 - 4:36 am
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After Wednesday's rainout, the Red Sox resume their three-game series with the Rays on Thursday afternoon, sending Jake Peavy to the mound to face southpaw Cesar Ramos. Peavy, who has pitched well all season, posting a 2.87 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP, finally got his first win of the season last Friday, an 8-1 triumph over the Blue Jays. The former Cy Young winner had his best start of the season that day, pitching seven innings and giving up one run, a solo home run, while striking out seven and walking two. Peavy was pleased that he kept the Blue Jays at bay and limited them from hitting multiple home runs. "You've got to keep that team in the ballpark," Peavy said after the game. "That's the game plan going in, is keep the speed guys off base and keep the rest of the guys in the ballpark and you feel like you've got a chance." The 32-year-old went 1-0 last year against the Rays in two starts, giving up six runs on 10 hits and three home runs, striking out 10 and walking six. Peavy'€™s overall record against Tampa Bay is 3-1 with a 4.91 ERA. One of Peavy'€™s biggest struggles in 2014 has been his strikeout-to-walk ratio, as he has struck out 32 and walked 16. His 2.0 ratio is the worst since his second year in the majors (2003) and far below his career average of 3.17. Ramos also has struggled this year with his strikeout-to-walk ratio, walking seven and striking out the same. The 29-year-old has started in his last three appearances due to injuries in Tampa's starting rotation. He has appeared in seven games overall, pitching 16 innings for a 3.38 ERA. His record is 1-1. Ramos had a tough first start, a 12-4 loss to the Reds on April 13, when the California native lasted two innings and gave up four runs on three hits, three walks and a home run. His last two starts have been better, with the last one, Saturday's game against the White Sox, being the lefty'€™s first win of the year. The southpaw has never started a game against the Red Sox, only appearing against them from the bullpen. Between 2011 and 2013 Ramos saw Boston 13 times, pitching 15 1/3 innings with a 2.35 ERA. He picked up his first loss against the team last season and has never beaten Boston. Rays vs. Peavy (RHP) James Loney (32 plate appearances): .323 AVG/.344 OBP/.677 SLG, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts David DeJesus (24): .136/.208/.227, 1 triple, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts Evan Longoria (15): .200/.200/533, 1 triple, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout Ben Zobrist (15): .308/.333/.692, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk 3 strikeouts Yunel Escobar (11): .100/.182/.100, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Matthew Joyce (9): .125/.222/.500, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Desmond Jennings (6): .167/.167/.667, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Jose Molina has three strikeouts and no hits in six plate appearances vs. Ramos. Sean Rodriguez (5): .500/.500/.500 Ryan Hanigan (3): .333/.333/.333 Wil Myers (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Logan Forsythe and Brandon Guyer have not faced Peavy. Red Sox vs. Ramos (LHP) David Ortiz (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts A.J. Pierzynski (6): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI Jonny Gomes has one strikeout and no hits in four plate appearances vs. Ramos. Will Middlebrooks has one strikeout and no hits in four plate appearances. Mike Napoli (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Dustin Pedroia has no hits in three plate appearances. Shane Victorino (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk Grady Sizemore has one strikeout and no hits in two plate appearances. Jonathan Herrera has no hits in one plate appearance.

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