Tuesday's Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Joe Saunders

July 30, 2013 - 6:56 am

The Red Sox will send rookie Brandon Workman to the mound Tuesday to open a three-game home series against Joe Saunders and the Mariners. Workman (0-1, 4.40 ERA) will look to have a better outing against the Mariners than he did the first time -- which was his major league debut. The 24-year-old pitched two innings of relief, allowing three runs on a home run and three doubles. However, all of those hits came in the first of those two innings, as he retired the side in order while striking out two in his final inning. Since that outing, though, Workman has been a fairly effective starting pitcher, going 0-1 with a 2.92 ERA in two starts. In his last start, he only allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out four in a 3-0 loss to the Rays. Ryan Lavarnway, who caught both of Workman'€™s starts, was impressed with his mental makeup in the outing. '€œHe didn'€™t really look nervous, especially once we got past that first inning,'€ Lavarnway said in a postgame interview with Rob Bradford. '€œIt'€™s a little bit different from that outing in Oakland because he didn'€™t have the cutter he had there, but he had a better changeup today. He had a different weapon, but multiple weapons just the same.'€ Workman likely will get a third chance at Brendan Ryan, one player he has had a mixed bag against. Ryan, who was the first major league hitter Workman faced, homered off Workman before striking out in his second time against him. Saunders (9-9, 4.48 ERA) has been a bit of a mixed bag in his first season in Seattle. The left-hander has 10 starts in which he has allowed one earned run or fewer on the season. However, he also has six starts in which he has allowed five runs or more. His last time out certainly was not his best of the season, as he allowed five runs on nine hits while walking three through 4 2/3 innings. It was the second consecutive outing that he did not last until the sixth inning, something he has done nine times on the season. Saunders has had a good career against Red Sox hitters, though, especially against David Ortiz. Saunders has limited the Red Sox slugger to a .150 batting average while striking him out twice in 22 plate appearances. Mariners vs. Workman (RHP) Brendan Ryan (2 plate appearances): .500 BA/.500 OBP/2.000 SLG, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Dustin Ackley (1): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 double Jason Bay (1): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Henry Blanco (1): .000/000/.000, 1 strikeout Brad Miller (1):  .000/.000/.000 Kendrys Morales (1): 1.000/1.000/2.000, 1 double, 1 RBI Michael Saunders (1): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Kyle Seager (1): .000/.000/.000 Justin Smoak (1): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI No other Mariners have faced Workman. Red Sox vs. Saunders (LHP) Dustin Pedroia (30 plate appearances): .267 BA/.267 OBP/.333 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 strikeouts David Ortiz (22): .150/.227/.150, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (20): .389/.450/.556, 1 triple, 1 double, 5 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Jacoby Ellsbury (19): .176/.263/.176, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (11): .091/.091/.091, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (9): .250/.333/.625, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Stephen Drew (3): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts Jose Iglesias (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 1 strikeout Ryan Lavarnway (3): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double Daniel Nava (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Ryan Dempster (2): .000/.000/.000 Mike Carp, Mike Napoli and Brandon Snyder have not faced Saunders.