Anthony Ranaudo

Tuesday's Red Sox-Pirates matchups: Anthony Ranaudo vs. Charlie Morton

September 16, 2014 - 6:54 am
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The Red Sox open up an interleague series with the Pirates on Tuesday at PNC Park. Anthony Ranaudo will get the start against Pittsburgh'€™s Charlie Morton. Ranaudo (3-2, 5.40 ERA), who is one of the many Red Sox pitchers fighting for a rotation spot next season, had one of his poorest outings of the season last Tuesday against the Orioles. He allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings, which included three home runs. Alejandro De Aza hit two home runs and Adam Jones hit one that cleared the Green Monster. Ranaudo has served up eight home runs in five big league starts. Manager John Farrell said the Orioles did not let Ranaudo get away with anything over the middle of the plate. "He didn't get away with many mistakes," Farrell said after the game. "Where he's gotten some swing and miss in some previous starts with some mislocated pitches, that wasn't the case tonight." Ranaudo added after the start that hitters have been getting more familiar with his pitches now that he's had more time in the majors. "I think this is my fifth start now. Guys have seen film, seen me pitch a couple times," Ranaudo said. "Those kind of pitches aren'€™t going to fly here, especially late in the season. Fatigue might be setting in. I'€™ve got to be a little bit sharper about some things, make some better adjustments quicker. Obviously they'€™re making adjustments to me now. It'€™s my job to make adjustments to them." Prior to his short outing against the Orioles, Ranaudo had a quality start against the Yankees on the road. He threw 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs back on Sept. 3. A Brian McCann two-run homer was Ranaudo'€™s undoing in that contest. Though it'€™s a small sample size, Ranaudo has pitched a little bit better away from Fenway Park this season. He'€™s made three starts and pitched 17 1/3 innings on the road, posting a 2-1 record with a 5.19 ERA. So far in the early part of his career, the fifth inning has been Ranaudo'€™s most problematic inning. In the frame, the right-hander has a 9.00 ERA. He'€™s also had more trouble against left-handed hitters, who are batting .300 with a .377 on-base percentage against him. Ranaudo has yet to face the Pirates in his major league career. Morton (5-12, 3.84 ERA) has been on the unlucky end of many starts, as he has the fewest win of any Pittsburgh starter with at least 15 starts, despite posting an ERA under four. Morton missed nearly a month because of a sports hernia, so he'€™ll be making his first start since the middle of August. In his last start, which came on Aug. 15, he gave up five runs and seven hits in three innings against the Nationals. The outing ended a streak in which Morton pitched into the fifth inning for 24 consecutive starts this season. "I don't feel like they were driving balls off me," Morton said after the start. But I missed a couple of spots. ... it was just bad at-bat management." Morton has never pitched against the Red Sox in his career, but has faced three American League teams this season.  Morton has a 3.72 ERA and a 1.086 WHIP but an 0-3 record in three interleague starts this season. Allen Craig has 11 hits in 24 at-bats against Morton. Red Sox vs. Morton (RHP) Allen Craig (28 career plate appearances): .458 average/.536 OBP/.542 SLG, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts Jemile Weeks (3): .000/.000/.000 Mike Napoli is 0-for-2 in his career against Morton. Pirates vs. Ranaudo (RHP) No Pittsburgh batters have faced Ranaudo.