Tuesday's Red Sox-Rays ALDS matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Jeremy Hellickson

October 08, 2013 - 7:25 am
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The Red Sox will look to rebound from a heartbreaking Game 3 loss on Tuesday night, as Jake Peavy faces off against the Rays and right-hander  Jeremy Hellickson in Game 4 of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field. After scoring 19 runs in the first two games of the series, the Red Sox were held to just four runs in Game 3. The game was tied in the ninth inning until Jose Lobaton golfed an 0-1 pitch from Sox closer Koji Uehara into the Rays tank out in center field, giving Tampa Bay a shocking 5-4 victory. It was the first home run that Uehara has allowed since June 30. Acquired on July 30 from the White Sox, Peavy (12-5, 4.17 ERA) has been a great addition to the back end of the Red Sox rotation. Peavy, the 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner, put together a solid final two months of the season with Boston, going 4-1 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 starts. Despite missing time earlier in the year with a broken rib, Peavy once again had another solid campaign in 2013, as he ranked ninth in the AL in complete games (two) and only walked 36 batters in 144 2/3 innings. However, it seemed like the 32-year-old was running out of gas at the end of the season, as he posted a 5.40 ERA in four September starts. Peavy had one of his roughest starts of his Boston career in his last appearance on Sept. 25, as the right-hander gave up eight hits and five earned runs in six innings of work against the Rockies at Coors Field. Thankfully for Peavy, the Sox offense was able to pick him up in the contest, scoring 15 runs, with seven of those coming from Will Middlebrooks, as Boston won by a score of 15-5. Peavy has had shaky results against Tampa Bay during his career, as he is 3-1 with a 4.91 ERA in six career starts. It's been a odd season for Hellickson (12-10, 5.17 ERA), who is just two years removed from winning the American League Rookie of the Year. Despite setting a career high in strikeouts (135), Hellickson saw his ERA jump from 3.10 in 2012 to 5.17 this season. Batters have feasted on the 26-year-old this season, hitting .308 against him. Despite struggling in the second half of the season (32 earned runs in his final 41 innings of work), Hellickson has held his own against Boston this year with a 3.44 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in three starts. Red Sox vs. Hellickson (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (33 plate appearances): .194 BA/.242 OBP/.355 SLG, 1 triple, 1 home run David Ortiz (31): .375/.516/.875, 3 home runs, 4 RBIs Jarrod Saltalamacchia (30): .320/.433/.800, 3 home runs, 5 RBIs Jacoby Ellsbury (24): . 261/.292/.348, 1 triple, 1 RBI Daniel Nava (14): .154/.214/.154, 2 singles, 3 strikeouts Will Middlebrooks (12): .083/.083/.083, 1 single, 8 striekouts Mike Napoli (12): .083/.083/.083, 1 single, 5 strikeouts Stephen Drew (9): .375/.444/.500, 1 double, 2 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (9): .333/.333/.667, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Mike Carp (7): .286/.286/.286, 2 singles Shane Victorino (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI Quintin Berry (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 single Xander Bogaerts (2): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts David Ross has not faced Hellickson. Rays vs. Peavy (RHP) James Loney (32 plate appearances): .323 BA/.344 OBP/.677 SLG, 5 doubles, 2 home runs David DeJesus (24): .136/.208/.227, 1 triple, 8 strikeouts Kelly Johnson (16): .167/.375/.167, 1 RBI, 6 strikeouts Evan Longoria (15): .200/.200/.533, 1 triple, 1 home run Delmon Young (15): .231/.333/.538, 1 double, 1 home run Ben Zobrist (15): .308/.333/.692, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Yunel Escobar (11): .100/.182/.100, 1 single, 1 strikeout Matthew Joyce (9): .125/.222/.500, 1 home run, 1 RBI Desmond Jennings (6): .167/.167/.667, 1 home run, 1 RBI Jose Molina (6): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts Jose Lobaton (5): .000/.000/.000, 2 srikeouts Sean Rodriguez (5): .500/.500/.500, 2 singles Sam Fuld (4): .000/.250/.000, 1 walk Jamey Wright (4): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 strikeout Wil Myers (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

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