Wade Miley

Thursday's Red Sox-Royals matchups: Wade Miley vs. Danny Duffy

August 20, 2015 - 4:30 am

In the first game of a three-game set with the AL-leading Royals, the Red Sox will send Wade Miley to the mound against Danny Duffy.

Miley enters the game with an even 9-9 record and 4.58 ERA. He has made 24 starts on the season and thrown 139 2/3 innings, accruing a 3.98 FIP and 1.382 WHIP. His .500 record is a telling mark of Miley's consistently solid if unimpressive work in the Red Sox rotation this season.

Miley is the only Red Sox starter currently qualified for the ERA title (having pitched a minimum of one inning per team game). By way of injuries and general underperformance, each of the other members of the team's rotation has missed time. Porcello has made the second-most starts on the team with 20, still four behind Miley's 24.

Miley's most recent start was a quality one, and he brought his record up to .500 with a win over the Mariners. He received no shortage of run support, as the Sox demolished the Mariners on Saturday by a 22-10 margin. Of the Mariners' 10 runs, Miley was responsible for only two. The left-hander hurled seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out eight.

"The offense was going for me," Miley said afterward. "They were scoring a lot of runs. I just tried to not give up more than they scored to get them back out there to hit. They can take all the time they want."

In three career starts against the Royals, Miley is 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA in 17 2/3 innings pitched. Most recently, Miley got a win over Kansas City on June 21, pitching six innings of shutout ball in a game the Red Sox won 13-2.

Duffy has a 6-5 record and 4.03 ERA in 18 starts on the season. Opponents are hitting .267 against the left-hander, who has posted a 1.383 WHIP. Duffy doesn't have overpowering stuff; he has just 58 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings on the season.

In his last start, Duffy threw six innings in a 4-1 win over the Angels on Friday. He allowed a single run on five hits while striking out two and hitting three batters.

"I thought Duffy did a great job," Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game. "That's a scary lineup over there. They've got a lot of power. They can hit. Duff did a great job of getting us through six with one-run ball. Kept us in the ball game. He pitched real effectively in, even though he hit three hitters. ... Just did a good job of keeping them off balance with breaking ball and changeup."

Dating back to the beginning of July, Duffy has been very effective. He has made eight starts, seven of which have been Royals wins. Duffy has a 4-1 record over that span, earning a 2.59 ERA in 48 2/3 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .226 against Duffy in July and August. His season ERA at the end of June was 5.44, and Duffy has since whittled it down to 4.03.

Red Sox vs. Duffy (LHP)

David Ortiz (8 plate appearances): .375 AVG/.375 OBP/.750 SLG, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs

Brock Holt (4): .250/.250/.250

Josh Rutledge (4): .250/.250/.250

Xander Bogaerts (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Jackie Bradley Jr. (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Pablo Sandoval (3): .333/.333/.333

No other Red Sox have faced Duffy.

Royals vs. Miley (LHP)

Alcides Escobar (9): .143/.333/.143, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Omar Infante (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Ben Zobrist (9): .124/.222/.250, 1 double, 1 walk

Lorenzo Cain (6): .500/.667/.500, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Eric Hosmer (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk

Mike Moustakas (6): .167/.167/.167

Drew Butera (4): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Jarrod Dyson (4): .250/.250/.250

Kendrys Morales (3): .667/.667/.667, 1 strikeout

Salvador Perez (3): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 home run, 3 RBIs

Alex Rios (3): .000/.000/.000

Paulo Orlando has not faced Miley.