Wade Miley

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Wade Miley vs. Chris Archer

April 21, 2015 - 4:24 am
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Leaving Boston for a six-day road swing, the Red Sox will head to Florida to take on the Rays for a three-game series. The Sox will get things started on Tuesday with Wade Miley scheduled to pitch against Chris Archer. Miley fared well in his first outing as a member of the Red Sox, tossing 5 1/3 innings of four-hit, two-run ball on April 10 against the Yankees. However, the Louisiana native would not get the win that night because although the Sox came away with the victory, they did not do so until the 19th inning of play. His second start didn't go as well. Lasting just 2 1/3 innings and giving up seven runs in that time, Miley got the loss against the Nationals last Wednesday as Boston fell 10-5. "Things unraveled pretty quick on him," manager John Farrell said after the game. "As sharp as he was in New York, he was almost the flip side of it, as was the whole turn through the rotation this time through. They squared up some fast balls to the opposite field. A couple of sliders that didn't get to the spot. One to [Ian] Desmond, one to [Wilson] Ramos. As quick as he works, that third inning kind of sped up on him and sped up on us." Miley doesn't have much experience against Tampa, having started just two games against the Rays, but he holds a 0.68 ERA with a 2-0 record, allowing just seven hits and one run in 13 1/3 innings. In one outing at Tropicana Field, he held batters to a .091 AVG, struck out eight and kept the Rays from crossing the plate in six innings of work. Archer has seven starts against the Sox, allowing 37 hits over 34 1/3 innings and earning 23 runs in that time as well. He has a 6.03 ERA against Boston, his highest against any individual team, regardless of innings pitched. He's impressed early on this season, though, posting a 2-1 record and an ERA of 1.37 through three starts. In his last two outings, Archer has lasted seven innings and not earned a run, surrendering only three hits in that time as well. His most recent start against the Blue Jays on Thursday saw him hurl 11 strikeouts and throw 62.4 percent of his pitches for strikes. Archer is tied for fourth in the league in opponent batting average, holding teams to a .136 clip, and is 14th in the MLB in ERA, 1oth among pitchers who have started three games. Rays vs. Miley (LHP) Logan Forsythe (9 plate appearances): .375 AVG/.333 OBP/.750 SLG, 1 home run, 3 RBI, 1 strikeout David DeJesus (8): .143/.250/.143, 2 strikeouts Asdrubal Cabrera (6): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Evan Longoria (6): .200/.333/.800, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Rene Rivera (6): .500/.500/.667, 1 double, 2 RBIs James Loney (5): .200/.200/.200 Desmond Jennings (3): .000/.000/.000 Red Sox vs. Archer (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (20 plate appearances): .200 AVG/.350 OBP/.200 SLG, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts David Ortiz (17): .400/.471/.600, 1 home run, 8 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Mike Napoli (14): .083/.214/.083, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts Daniel Nava (14): .556/.714/.889, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts Shane Victorino (12): .200/.333/.300, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk Brock Holt (9): .333/.333/.444, 1 double, 2 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Mookie Betts (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 home run, 4 RBIs Pablo Sandoval (3): .000/.000/.000