Wade Miley

Tuesday's Red Sox-White Sox matchups: Wade Miley vs. Jose Quintana

August 25, 2015 - 4:43 am
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In a battle of two southpaws, the Red Sox will challenge Jose Quintana and the White Sox on Tuesday with Wade Miley on the mound in the second game of a three-game set. While the Red Sox rotation largely has been a revolving door in 2015, Miley has represented a calming force throughout the long season. He's done exactly what the Red Sox paid him $6.5 million a year to do: eat innings and provide three to four quality starts a month. On the campaign, he's 10-9 with a 4.41 ERA in 25 starts. He leads the staff in games started, innings pitched (147) and strikeouts (112). Miley has performed admirably during the second half of the season. Since the All-Star break, he's gone 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA and has prompted opponents to slash a measly .228/.294/.392 against him. One of the keys to his success has been his ability to draw ground balls, as he's induced double digit ground ball outs in his last five outings. Against the Royals last Thursday, Miley reached peak efficiency. He threw 114 pitches over seven innings, but 80 of them went for strikes, good for a 70 percent clip. His aggressiveness in the zone translated to success in the box score as well, as he gave up just one run on six hits without issuing a free pass, while striking out six. After Miley earned his 10th win of the season in a 4-1 affair, interim manager Tory Lovullo indicated that he could have let Miley pitch the eighth inning. "Great outing for Wade," Lovullo said. "Just an easy three-pitch mix. Quick, easy outs, and for me he deserved the right to go back out there for the eighth inning. Just keep him on a short leash. Didn't want to extend him too far. I know his last outing he was [extended a little bit.] He has earned that right to go out there and get those extra outs, and tonight was a good night for him." Though stellar of late, Miley does not have fond memories of his last encounter with the White Sox. During that meeting on July 28, he went just 5 2/3 innings and allowed 10 hits and seven runs en route to a 9-4 loss. In other dugout, Quintana has to feel good about his chances against the Red Sox. When he toed the rubber against them on July 29, he notched a W on the heels of a 6 1/3-inning, two-run performance. Quintana has been a model of consistency throughout 2015. He's made it through six innings of work in 21 of his 25 starts and has racked up 19 quality starts for his efforts. As far as his standard stats go, they remain rather pedestrian as he owns a 7-10 record and a 3.60 ERA. But his peripherals indicate he's one of the AL's best with a 3.21 FIP and 3.5 WAR. Though many outside the game may not recognize his talent, that's OK with White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "I love the kid," Ventura said of Quintana after a 6-3 loss to the Cubs on Aug. 15. "He's a competitor. When he goes [to the mound], the other teams knows they're in for a fight. He's grinding the whole time. His record is one thing, but we know what he is. ... That record, you can throw it out the window." Since July 24, Quintana has shown the league why the White Sox pitching staff is one of the most underrated in the game. During this span of six starts, he's gone 3-1, sporting a 2.93 ERA and just two long balls given up in 40 innings. The 26-year-old Colombian did his thing vs. the Angels last Thursday, turning six innings of two-run ball into a victory in an 8-2 contest. He hurled just 60 of his 102 pitches for strikes but managed to keep the ball in the yard and on the ground for the most part with 10 ground balls. Quintana has never lost to the Red Sox in four career starts, as he maintains a 2-0 record, a 1.63 ERA, and a 0.76 WHIP vs. Boston. Red Sox vs. Quintana (LHP) David Ortiz (9 plate appearances): .222/.222/.333, 1 double, 2 RBIs Brock Holt (6): .167/.167/.167 Hanley Ramirez (6): .167/.167/.167 Pablo Sandoval (5): .000/.200/.000 Jackie Bradley Jr. (4): .250/.250/.250 Mookie Betts (3): .000/.000/.000 Xander Bogaerts (3): .333/.333/.333 Rusney Castillo (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-2 with a double against Quintana. No other Red Sox have faced Quintana. White Sox vs. Miley (LHP) Adam LaRoche (10): .000/.200/.000 Jose Abreu (7): .286/.286/.714, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Gordon Beckham (6): .167/.167/.167 Alexei Ramirez (6): .167/.167/.333, 1 double Melky Cabrera (5): .600/.600/1.000, 2 doubles, 1 RBI Adam Eaton (4): .333/.500/.333 Tyler Saladino (4): .000/.250/.000, 2 strikeouts Avisail Garcia (3): .333/.333/.333 Tyler Flowers is 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Miley. Carlos Sanchez is 0-for-1 against Miley. J.B. Shuck and Trayce Thompson have not faced Miley.

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