Wade Miley

Tuesday's Red Sox-Marlins matchups: Wade Miley vs. Dan Haren

July 07, 2015 - 4:19 am

In a battle of former Diamondbacks, Wade Miley and Dan Haren will square off Tuesday night as the Red Sox and Marlins try to get back into their respective division races. Miley, who spent the first four years of his career in Arizona, has righted the ship since a rocky beginning to the season. Over his last four starts, he is 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA and just one home run allowed. The southpaw has gone 8-7 on the year with a 4.53 ERA and a 0.8 HR/9 ratio, his lowest mark since his All-Star campaign of 2012. He also maintains a 4.10 FIP, indicating that he has pitched better than his standard numbers suggest. However, Miley is giving up baserunners at the highest rate since his rookie season as he owns a 1.44 WHIP. In his latest start against the Blue Jays last Thursday, Miley did not pitch his best, but the offense still bailed him out. The 28-year-old lasted just five innings, allowing four runs and tying a career worst with seven walks. Fortunately for the Louisiana native, the Red Sox brought their big sticks to the ballpark. They knocked out Blue Jays starter Matt Boyd before he could record an out and went on to earn Miley the victory in a 12-6 drubbing. "Wade turned in what I would consider a blue-collar night," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He didn't have much command, anywhere consistent to where he's been, but found a way to make some big pitches." Miley cannot expect the same kind of run support vs. Haren, one of the strongest veteran pitchers in the majors. This year, Haren has done what he's always done. He's commanded his pitches, limited baserunners and kept the fly ball in the yard. This formula has produced a 6-5 record and a 3.45 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP. Haren has been one of the most reliable starting pitchers of the last decade. He boasts a 3.75 career ERA and 10 straight seasons with 10-plus wins. He's logged 215-plus innings seven times and has accumulated a 32.1 WAR. The 34-year-old Haren has struggled of late, losing his last three decisions. In his previous two starts, he has allowed 17 hits in 11 2/3 innings of work, which has netted him a 5.40 ERA and a .362/.367/.511 opponents' slash line. "Definitely have to execute better. ... I tried to give us a lift and get us through seven, facing the bottom of the lineup and ended up backfiring on me," Haren said after his 5-1 loss against the Cardinals on June 25. "I wish I had told them I was done there. It would have probably given us a better chance. It looks like I didn't pitch good, but I thought I threw the ball all right." The Red Sox will be looking for their third straight win Tuesday, and their sixth in their last eight games. Marlins vs. Miley (LHP) Dee Gordon (16 plate appearances): .313 AVG/.313 OBP/.625 OPS, 5 strikeouts Mike Morse (12): .273/.333/.364, 1 double Jeff Baker (6): .167/.167/.500, 1 triple, 1 RBI Adeiny Hechavarria (6): .333/.333/.333, 3 strikeouts Jeff Mathis (5): .200/.200/.400, 1 double, 1 RBI Derek Dietrich (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts Cole Gillespie (3): .000/.333/.000 Miguel Rojas (3): .000/.000/.000 Christian Yelich (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts No other Marlins have faced Miley. Red Sox vs. Haren (RHP) David Ortiz (25): .348/.400/.826, 1 triple, 3 HR, 6 RBIs Mike Napoli (21): .222/.333/.222, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (19): .294/.368/.471, 1 double, 1 triple Hanley Ramirez (15): .308/.400/.538, 1 double, 1 triple Alejandro De Aza (9): .222/.222/.222 Shane Victorino (6): .600/.667/1.400, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs Ryan Hanigan (3): .000/.000/.000 No other Red Sox have faced Haren.