Tuesday's Red Sox-Rays matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Chris Archer

August 23, 2016 - 5:40 am
Categories: 

In the second game of a four-game series against division rival Tampa Bay, the Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound to go up against Rays righty Chris Archer. Buchholz, who is filling in for the injured Steven Wright, sits at 4-9 with a 5.42 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. He has made two consecutive starts after stringing together some successful outings coming out of the bullpen. In his last start, the 32-year-old held the Tigers to one run on six hits through six innings of work in a 4-3 Red Sox loss on Thursday. He struck out three and walked none. "I felt good, I went with out of the stretch the whole start, less moving parts for me, just things I've been working on," Buchholz said. "I feel like that keeps me over the rubber a little bit longer and enables me to command a little bit better." This will be the first outing against Tampa for Buchholz. The right-hander has faced the Rays 20 times in his 10-year career, totaling an 8-7 record with a 2.63 ERA. He last faced the division rival May 4 of last season, when he gave up five runs on nine hits through 6 1/3 innings in a 5-1 Boston loss. Archer enters Tuesday's contest with a 7-16 record, a 4.18 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The 27-year-old leads the American League in strikeouts (186), but he has struggled to translate that to wins. He is 3-5 in his last eight starts, his last appearance being one of his best. Archer threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings, letting up four hits and fanning nine in a 2-0 win over the Padres on Wednesday. "I felt good today. It was also nice to have the guys back there making great plays," Archer said. "Any time I can give [Xavier Cedeno] a night off ... or Erasmo [Ramirez] and some of those other guys, it's a good day." Archer has recorded 14 starts vs. the Red Sox in his five-year career. He last faced Boston in a 6-5 Red Sox win on July 8, when he let up five runs on seven hits in six innings. Red Sox vs. Archer (RHP) David Ortiz (34 plate appearances): .382 AVG/.447 OBP/.765 SLG, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 16 RBIs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (29): .241/.361/.241, 2 RBIs, 6 walks, 6 strikeouts Brock Holt (23): .217/.217/.261, 1 double, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (19): .368/.400/.421, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts Mookie Betts (18): .222/.440/.611, 1 double, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 7 walks, 2 strikeouts Jackie Bradley Jr. (18): .222/.286/.333, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (9): .444/.583/.444, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts Travis Shaw (7): .429/.556/1.000, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Rays vs. Buchholz (RHP) Evan Longoria (46 plate appearances): .217 AVG/.294 OBP/.326 SLG, 5 doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 16 strikeouts Desmond Jennings (20): .200/.238/.250, 1 double, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Logan Morrison (12): 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Kevin Kiermaier (10): .100/.100/.100, 4 strikeouts Hank Conger (8): .375/.444/.500, 1 double, 1 walk Logan Forsythe (7): .429/.500/.571, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Brad Miller (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Steven Souza Jr. is 1-for-5 with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts