Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays matchups: Ryan Dempster vs. Jeremy Hellickson

June 19, 2013 - 7:23 am
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The Red Sox will send Ryan Dempster to the mound Wednesday at Fenway Park to take on Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson in the final game of a three-game series. Dempster (4-7, 4.21 ERA) is coming off a strong outing against the Orioles, in which he only allowed two runs on five hits and five walks through 7 2/3 innings. However, Dempster did not get any run support and received the loss. One thing Dempster has done well in recent starts is pitch deep into games. The right-hander has lasted at least six innings in his last four starts after pitching fewer than five innings in his previous three starts. He lasted 122 pitches in his last start in Baltimore, which is his second-highest total on the season. '€œRyan did an outstanding job,'€ John Farrell said after the game. '€œObviously we pushed him a little bit hard in that eighth inning. Felt like that was his game.'€ Dempster has struggled against Luke Scott in his career, allowing a triple and a double in seven career plate appearances. However, Dempster has done shut down James Loney throughout his career, holding him to a .105 batting average. On the other side, Hellickson struggled in his last start, allowing eight runs on 10 hits through 5 2/3 innings. It was Hellickson'€™s worst start of the season, and he has not pitched six innings or more since May 22. Hellickson has had good control of his pitches this season, though, especially as of late. The 26-year-old righty has not allowed more than one walk in any of his last seven starts, and has only walked 19 batters in his 14 starts. Since May 11, 67 percent of Hellickson'€™s pitches have been strikes. Hellickson has dominated Will Middlebrooks, holding him to an .083 batting average with eight strikeouts in 12 plate appearances. David Ortiz has had a lot more success, hitting two home runs and a triple off the righty while maintaining a .520 on-base percentage.Rays vs. Dempster (RHP) Kelly Johnson (19 plate appearances): .083 BA/.421 OBP/.167 SLG, 1 double, 1 RBI, 7 walks, 6 strikeouts James Loney (19): .105/.105/.105, 2 strikeouts Yunel Escobar (11): .091/.091/.091, 2 doubles Luke Scott (7): .429/.429/.857, 1 triple, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Evan Longoria (5): .200/.200/.800, 1 home run, 1 RBI Jamey Wright (5): .400/.400/.800, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Desmond Jennings (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Matthew Joyce (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout Ben Zobrist (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Jose Lobaton (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Sam Fuld, Jose Molina and Sean Rodriguez have not faced Dempster. Red Sox vs. Hellickson (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (27 plate appearances): .200 BA/.259 OBP/.400 SLG, 1 home run, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 2 walks,  3 strikeouts David Ortiz (25): .368/.520/.789, 2 home runs, 1 triple, 3 RBIs, 6 walks Jarrod Saltalamacchia (24): .300/.417/.700, 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (21): .200/.238/.300, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Will Middlebrooks (12): .083/.083/.083, 8 strikeouts Daniel Nava (8): .143/.250/.143, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Mike Carp (7): .286/.286/.286 Mike Napoli (6): .167/.167/.167, 3 strikeouts Stephen Drew (5): .400/.400/.600, 1 double, 1 strikeout Jonny Gomes (5): .200/.200/.800, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts Shane Victorino (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI Jose Iglesias (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Ryan Lavarnway (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout