Clay Buchholz

Wednesday's Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Bud Norris

June 24, 2015 - 4:35 am

Clay Buchholz will take the mound at Fenway Park on Wednesday evening trying to build on the stellar start he made against the Braves last Thursday. He will face off against Bud Norris of the Orioles. Buchholz was fantastic in the aforementioned outing, tossing seven innings and giving up zero earned runs on six hits. Working on a limited pitch count, Buchholz needed just 92 pitches to navigate the Braves' lackluster offense, throwing 63 pitches for strikes. After heading to the DL last May following a start in Atlanta where he gave up eight walks in three innings, Buchholz was wary of the Georgia heat. "I underestimated it last year, the heat and how much that can affect you if you're not used to it," Buchholz said after the 5-2 Red Sox win. "I knew what I was doing coming into the game today. It wasn't a day game, so that helped out, too. But yeah, if you're not ready for the heat it can get to you. It's one of the things I wasn't going to let affect me today." Though not widely known, Buchholz has been the Sox' most consistent starter all season long. Despite his 4-6 record and 3.87 ERA, the right-hander maintains a 2.82 FIP, the 11th-best mark in the majors. Additionally, opponents' .335 BABIP against him is well above the league average of .300 and it is tied for the highest among the top 11 FIP leaders. While Buchholz owns a career 4.03 ERA at home, he has struggled at the friendly confines this year, posting a 1-4 record and a 4.61 ERA. The 30-year-old has given up just two dingers at home this year, but he has surrendered baserunners too easily, logging a 1.54 WHIP. Norris has been plagued with inconsistency throughout 2015. He holds a 2-5 record and a 7.57 ERA along with a 1.64 WHIP. In two of his first three starts of the season, he allowed more than eight earned runs. After hitting the DL for bronchitis retroactively to May 11, Norris returned to the O's rotation June 7 a new pitcher. In his first outing back from sickness, Norris threw five innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out seven. The righty has continued his success of late, hurling six innings against the Phillies last Thursday on a limited pitch count. He went six innings, giving up five hits and two runs in a tough-luck loss. "He was good," Showalter said after the 5-2 loss. "He was the difference of us being in that game. It was one of those games where if it was in the American League, he'd keep pitching." Just as Buchholz has had his issues with Fenway Park, Norris has had problems throughout his career pitching on the road. The Northern California native has compiled a 23-40 record with a 5.25 ERA on the road for his career. Orioles vs. Buchholz (RHP) Adam Jones (39 plate appearances): .281 AVG/.316 OBP/.563 SLG, 2 HR, 3 doubles, 11 RBIs Matt Wieters (34): .200/.294/.267, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts Chris Davis (26): .318/.423/.636, 2 HR, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts J.J. Hardy (20): .368/.400/.684, 2 HR, 5 strikeouts Travis Snider (18): .059/.111/.059, 9 strikeouts Ryan Flaherty (16): .333/.375/.333, 4 strikeouts Chris Parmelee (12): .300/.417/.600, 1 HR, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Manny Machado (9): .250/.333/.375, 1 double, 1 RBI Delmon Young (9): .111/.111/.111, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Steve Pearce (7): .143/.143/.143, 4 strikeouts Caleb Joseph (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Jimmy Paredes (3): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double Nolan Reimold (3): .000/.000/.000 David Lough is 1-for-1 against Buchholz. Red Sox vs. Norris (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (19): .385/.579/.615, 3 doubles, 6 walks Pablo Sandoval (17): .250/.471/.583, 1 HR, 5 walks Mike Napoli (15): .133/.133/.133, 8 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (15): .400/.400/.667, 1 HR, 3 RBIs David Ortiz (12): .250/.250/.500, 1 HR, 2 RBIs Brock Holt (10): .500/.600/.750, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 2 walks Xander Bogaerts (9): .000/.000/.000 Alejandro De Aza (9): .250/.333/.250, 2 strikeouts Mookie Betts (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Sandy Leon (3): .333/.333/.333 Rusney Castillo, Travis Shaw and Blake Swihart have not faced Norris.