Wade Miley

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rangers matchups: Wade Miley vs. Yovani Gallardo

May 19, 2015 - 6:11 am

After finishing a 10-game road trip, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park and start a six-game homestand Tuesday against the Rangers. In the first game of the series, the Sox will send 28-year-old left-hander Wade Miley to the mound. Following a rocky start to the year, Miley's performance has begun to improve as of late. His last time out, he threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings and got the win over the Athletics. Miley allowed five hits and walked four while striking out only one, but he was able to work his way out of jams without allowing a run. The performance moved Miley's record to 2-4 on the season. Over his past three starts dating to May 2, Miley has allowed seven runs over a combined 19 2/3 innings. That has helped push his ERA from an ugly 8.62 down to 5.60. "I think you look at the last three, there's been more consistency, there's been, I thought, better stuff in the bottom of the strike zone," Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Wednesday's outing. "Even the game in Toronto in which he came away with a loss, I thought he pitched better than the line. Today that showed up to be the case." Miley's only start against Texas came in June 2012 as a member of the Diamondbacks. He went 7 2/3 innings, allowing only one run on three hits, but came away with the loss. Miley certainly hasn'€™t been outstanding thus far, but the Red Sox offense also hasn't much helped his cause. On average, the Sox offense has scored just 2.84 runs per 27 outs in Miley's starts. This is by far the lowest run support for a Red Sox starter (save for Steven Wright, who has only made a single start). Opposite Miley, the Rangers will send right-hander Yovani Gallardo to the bump. On the season, Gallardo is 3-5 with a 3.94 ERA. His last time out, Gallardo got the win over the Royals, pitching seven innings of two-run ball while allowing six hits and a walk. "This is a veteran guy who knows how to pitch with a lead," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said of Gallardo's outing. "He knows it's time to throw strikes, expand when you need to do so but get ahead. A real nice job by Yovani tonight." Gallardo got the loss in each of his four starts before that, despite going at least five innings and allowing three runs in each. Like Miley, Gallardo has not received much run support from his team, as the Rangers offense has averaged just 2.96 runs per 27 outs in his starts. In two career starts against the Sox, Gallardo is 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in 9 2/3 innings pitched. Rangers vs. Miley (LHP) Kyle Blanks (16 plate appearances): .143 AVG/.250 OBP/.357 SLG, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Elvis Andrus is 0-for-3 with a strikeout vs. Miley. Adrian Beltre is 0-for-3 with three strikeouts against Miley. Shin-Soo Choo is 0-for-1 with two walks and a strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Miley. Carlos Corporan is 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs in two plate appearances vs. Miley. No other Rangers have faced Miley. Red Sox vs. Gallardo (RHP) Pablo Sandoval (22): .190 AVG/.227 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk Hanley Ramirez (8): .143/.250/.143, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk Dustin Pedroia (6): .500/.500/1.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI David Ortiz (5): .500/.600/.500, 1 walk Brock Holt (4): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI, 1 walk Xander Bogaerts (3): .333/.333/.333 Jackie Bradley Jr. (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double Daniel Nava (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 double Shane Victorino (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Mike Napoli is 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in three plate appearances against Gallardo. Mookie Betts, Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart have not faced Gallardo.