Rick Porcello

Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Chris Archer

April 20, 2016 - 4:31 am

The Red Sox will send Rick Porcello to the mound on Wednesday night at Fenway Park in the middle game of a three-game series against the Rays. He will face off against Chris Archer in a battle of righties. Porcello will look to continue his winning ways, as he has come out with a victory in each of his first two starts this season. In his last outing on Friday against the Blue Jays, Porcello went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on just two hits (both home runs). He walked one and struck out eight in a game the Red Sox would win 5-3. "It was a good win for us," Porcello said after the game. "Good way to open up the series. Keeping guys off base, trying to eliminate big innings and multiple runners on the bases. I can't say enough about the job Christian [Vazquez] did back there blocking balls, calling the game -- he was tremendous." Said Red Sox manager John Farrell of Porcello's outing: "He did a really nice job of throwing his fastball to both sides of the plate. Against a powerful right-handed hitting lineup, I thought he pitched in effectively. He used enough secondary pitches to set up his fastball. He and [Vazquez] hooked up well and the execution on Rick's part was very, very good here tonight." In 11 starts against the Rays, Porcello has a career record of 5-4 with a 3.01 ERA. He has 13 walks to go with 57 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.179 in 74 2/3 innings. Archer has struggled out of the gate for the Rays, losing all three of his starts this season. In his last outing against the Indians last Thursday, he went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned). He walked three and struck out six, as the Rays could not find any success at the plate and went on to lose 6-0. One area of concern for Archer has been his inability to get deep into games. His 5 1/3 innings against the Indians was actually his longest outing of the season. "The one thing that I want to do, beyond give up two runs, is pitch a little deeper into the game," Archer said after the loss. "If you look at what the other starter did vs. what I did, there's not much difference, and I'm sure they're over there talking about how great of a start he had." In 11 starts against the Red Sox, Archer is 1-6 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.643 WHIP. He has 68 strikeouts and 35 walks in 56 innings of work. Rays vs. Porcello (RHP) Evan Longoria (29 plate appearances): .222 AVG/.276 OBP/.572 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts Desmond Jennings (18): .333/.333/.556, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 4 strikeouts Kevin Kiermaier (18): .235/.278/.235, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Logan Forsythe (12): .400/.500/.400, 2 walks Steven Souza (12): .417/.417/.417, 3 strikeouts Hank Conger (7): .143/.143/.143, 1 RBI Logan Morrison (7): .571/.571/.714, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Curt Casali is 1-for-5, while Corey Dickerson is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Steve Pearce is 0-for-3. Brad Miller has had two at-bats, both resulting in solo home runs. He also has walked once. Red Sox vs. Archer (RHP) David Ortiz (29 plate appearances): .346 AVG/.414 OBP/.615 SLG, 1 double, 2 home runs, 11 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (26): .200/.346/.200, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts Brock Holt (19): .211/.211/.263, 1 double, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts Mookie Betts (15): .182/.400/.455, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts (14): .308/.357/.385, 1 double, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts Jackie Bradley (13): .083/.154/.083, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Ryan Hanigan is 2-for-6 with two strikeouts, while Christian Vazquez is 1-for-5 with one strikeout. Chris Young has one hit in five at-bats, with two RBIs and one strikeout. Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-3 with a strikeout, while Travis Shaw is 1-for-2 with two walks and one strikeout.