Wade Miley

Wednesday's Red Sox-Athletics matchups: Wade Miley vs. Sonny Gray

May 13, 2015 - 4:31 am
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Wade Miley will take the mound for the Red Sox on Wednesday to close out a three-game series in Oakland against Sonny Gray and the Athletics. Miley has had a rough start to the 2015 season and finds himself last among Red Sox starters with a 6.91 ERA. He also holds a 1.53 WHIP and a .286 batting average against, both of which are much worse than his career averages. He has received a loss in each of his last three outings. The silver lining may be that the 28-year-old's last two starts marked the only times that he went at least six innings this season. Miley's last outing resulted in a 7-0 Red Sox loss in Toronto. He went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out eight Blue Jays. Two of Toronto's four tallies against the lefty came on solo home runs, one by Josh Donaldson in the first inning and one by Chris Colabello in the second. After that, Miley settled down and did not allow another run until the sixth inning, when he gave up two. When asked about his outing after the game, Miley told reporters that it was "not very good." "The way we're going right now, offensively, two runs seems like a big gap, to be honest with you," manager John Farrell added. The loss dropped Miley's record to 1-4. He has not faced the A's in his career. Miley will likely need to be at his best, as Oakland will be sending out one of the season's best pitchers to this point. Through seven starts, Gray is 4-0 and has gone at least six innings in each of his starts. Gray ranks third among American League qualifiers with a 1.65 ERA, fifth with a 1.00 WHIP, sixth with a .194 batting average against and sixth with 44 strikeouts. He has walked just 15 batters and allowed one home run in 49 innings of work. In his last eight starts, dating back to last season, Gray has given up a single long ball. Gray received a no-decision in his last start, a six-inning outing in Seattle. The 25-year-old Nashville native allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out nine Mariners. He left the game with a 3-1 lead, but the bullpen could not hold on and Gray was denied his fourth straight win. Gray's lone career start against the Red Sox came last season at Fenway Park. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three in six innings of work. He did not factor in the decision. Red Sox vs. Gray (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (3 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.333 OBP/.333 SLG Pablo Sandoval (3): .333/.333/.333 Xander Bogaerts has one walk and one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Gray. David Ortiz has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Gray. Jackie Bradley is 0-for-2 in two plate appearances vs. Gray. No other Red Sox have faced Gray. Athletics vs. Miley (LHP) Billy Butler (6): .400/.500/1.000, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Marcus Semien (3): .333/.333/.333 Brett Lawrie (2): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 2 RBIs Ike Davis is 0-for-6 with an RBI in six plate appearances vs. Miley. Sam Fuld has two walks and two strikeouts in five plate appearances vs. Miley. No other Athletics have faced Miley.

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