Thursday's Red Sox-Rays matchups: Drew Pomeranz vs. Jake Odorizzi

August 25, 2016 - 4:44 am
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The Red Sox will wrap up their four-game series with Tampa Bay on Thursday afternoon by sending Drew Pomeranz to the hill to face right-hander Jake Odorizzi. With the Sox, Pomeranz is 2-2 with a 4.23 ERA and a 1.357 WHIP in seven starts. Overall with Boston and San Diego, Pomeranz is 10-9 with 2.95 ERA and a 1.140 WHIP in 24 starts. He picked up his second consecutive win last Saturday with a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. In the outing, the southpaw pitched five innings, allowing just a solo home run, four hits and no walks with three strikeouts. Pomeranz left the game after five innings because of a rain delay that lasted over a hour. In two games (one start) as a member of the Athletics, Pomeranz went 1-0 against the Rays. In his lone start vs. the Rays in 2014, Pomeranz pitched five scoreless innings, giving up only three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in a 3-0 Oakland win. He last saw the Rays in relief appearance in 2015. In that showing he pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing a double while recording one strikeout. Odorizzi is 8-5 in 26 starts with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.211 WHIP. On Saturday against the Rangers, Odorizzi pitched six innings, allowing one run, six hits and one walk with four strikeouts in an 8-2 Rays win. "It was a tight game for a while, and [Odorizzi] pitched really well to keep it right there," Rays manager Kevin Cash said (via MLB.com). When asked what was working for him in that start, Odorizzi said, "A little bit of everything, really. I can't pinpoint one thing that was working. I just had to battle, feel the situation out. They did a great job of fighting off some pitches, so I was just going with whatever we felt in the moment." Since the All-Star break, the righty has yet to lose a start in seven outings while posting a 1.64 ERA. In 10 career starts against the Red Sox, Odorizzi is 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.267 WHIP. On July 10 he pitched five innings, allowing four runs, six hits and one walk with four strikeouts in his team's 4-0 loss. Red Sox vs. Odorizzi (RHP) Xander Bogaerts (25 plate appearances): .389 AVG./.480 OBP/.667 SLG, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts David Ortiz (24): .182/.250/.364, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (19): .316/.316/.579, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Mookie Betts (18): .333/.444/.400, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Brock Holt (16): .267/.250/.667, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 5 strikeouts Jackie Bradley Jr. (10): .100/.100/.100, 3 strikeouts Chris Young (9): .333/.333/.778, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Sandy Leon is 1-for-6 with 1 double, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Travis Shaw is 3-for-7 with 1 double and 1 strikeout. Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-5 with 1 double and 2 RBIs. Aaron Hill is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout. Rays vs. Pomeranz (LHP) Matt Duffy (10 plate appearances): .222 AVG./.300 OBP/.222 SLG, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Logan Forsythe (9): .250/.333/.250, 1 walk Logan Morrison is 1-for-6 with 2 strikeouts. Brad Miller is 2-for-5 with 1 home run and 1 RBI. Evan Longoria is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout. Kevin Kiermaier is 0-for-1 with 1 strikeout. Bobby Wilson is 0-for-1 with 1 walk.