Clay Buchholz

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Drew Hutchison

April 28, 2015 - 8:00 am

The Red Sox opened up play against the Blue Jays on Monday night with a comeback, walkoff win on a Mookie Betts RBI single, making it Boston's seventh straight series in which it came away with a victory in the first game. Looking to parlay that momentum into another win on Tuesday night, the Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound to face off against Drew Hutchison. Buchholz's most recent start on Thursday ultimately spelled a loss for the Red Sox, but it was hardly because of the righty's outing. In six innings pitched, Buchholz allowed just one earned run on two hits and struck out 10. "Best I've felt all year," Buchholz said after his start. "I felt that way warming up. Getting here today, I felt really good. My mindset was to build off the last time out. I just about had all of my pitches working the way I wanted to." Of all teams in the majors, Buchholz has seen the Blue Jays more than any other, with 23 starts and 24 overall appearances. In 151 2/3 innings logged against Toronto since his career began in 2007, Buchholz has recorded a 3.20 ERA and posted a WHIP of 1.213. His all-time record against the Jays is 11-8, and he has managed to keep Toronto batting at a .221/.301/.313 clip. With 123 hits allowed in that span, just 28 (15 doubles, three triples and 10 home runs) have gone for extra bases. Hutchison's experience against the Red Sox is limited to just four starts, three of which came in 2014. With a 2-1 record facing Boston, Hutchison has a 4.64 ERA in 21 1/3 innings, giving up 26 hits in that time. He has an opposing slash line of .289/.337/.467 vs. the Sox with a 1.453 WHIP. On the year, Hutchison has tossed 23 innings over four starts, averaging a little over 5 2/3 innings per outing. He has allowed 14 earned runs and struck out 21. To put that in perspective, Buchholz has 12 earned runs with 29 strikeouts. Hutchison sports a 5.48 ERA and has given up more than four runs just once so far, though two of his campaigns were for fewer than five innings. He managed eight innings in his latest start against the Orioles on Thursday, surrendering four hits and two earned runs while striking out seven. Blue Jays vs. Buchholz (RHP) Jose Bautista (56 plate appearances): .280 AVG/.339 OBP/.400 SLG, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 5 walks, 12 strikeouts Edwin Encarnacion (35): .143/.314/.357, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, 7 walks, 3 strikeouts Jose Reyes (30): .269/.367/.346, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts Russell Martin (14): .286/.286/1.143, 4 home runs, 7 RBIs, 1 strikeout Ryan Goins (13): .462/.462/.692, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Danny Valencia (8): .143/.250/.143, 3 strikeouts Josh Thole (6): .667/.800/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks Josh Donaldson (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Kevin Pillar (3): .333/.333/.333 Michael Saunders (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk Justin Smoak (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Mark Buehrle (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Red Sox vs. Hutchison (RHP) David Ortiz (11 plate appearances): .000 AVG/.091 OBP/.000 SLG, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Daniel Nava (9): .250/.333/.250, 1 walk Xander Bogaerts (8): .500/.500/.625, 1 double Mike Napoli (8): .500/.625/.833, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 walks Dustin Pedroia (8): .250/.250/.250 Brock Holt (7): .143/.143/.143, 3 strikeouts Ryan Hanigan (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Mookie Betts (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Allen Craig (2): .000/.000/.000