Rick Porcello

Wednesday's Red Sox-Twins Game 2 matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Trevor May

June 03, 2015 - 12:20 pm

The Red Sox will send the struggling Rick Porcello to the mound Wednesday evening against Trevor May and the Twins for the back end of the teams' day-night doubleheader. Porcello enters Wednesday's contest riding one of the worst two-start stretches of his career. In his last 11 1/3 innings, the right-hander has given up 13 runs on 14 hits and five walks. He has allowed three home runs in these two outings and opponents have whacked 21 percent of balls in play for line drives, leading to two losses. In his latest outing against Phil Hughes and the Twins last Saturday, Porcello went seven innings and proved economical, throwing just 93 pitches, 66 of them for strikes. However, he gave up seven hits and six earned runs, while striking out just two batters. After the 6-4 loss, Porcello identified his mistakes. "I got beat by two walks and two home runs. That was it," he said. "The walks were big. Both of those walks ended up scoring and then two pitches in the middle of the plate." Porcello's season numbers corroborate his assertion. The 26-year-old owns a 4-4 record and a 5.37 ERA. While his strikeouts per nine are up 1.6 from last year, his hits per nine (0.3) and home runs per nine (0.8) are up as well. In five starts at Fenway this season, Porcello has posted a 5.46 ERA. For the Twins, May had a May to forget. During his namesake month, he posted a 1-2 record and a 5.52 ERA in five starts. The second-year right-hander could not get any outs over this stretch as opponents slashed a hefty .288/.325/.475. In his most recent outing against the Blue Jays last Friday, May gave up four earned runs in six innings of work, taking the loss in a 6-4 defeat. Pitch location plagued May for most of the game as he hurled just 49 of his 86 pitches for strikes, and he also made one major mistake, which resulted in a fifth-inning three-run bomb off the bat of Josh Donaldson. "I feel like I was behind just about everybody," May said after the loss. The 6-foot-5 May will carry a 3-3 record and a 5.07 ERA into Wednesday's start. With a 3.10 FIP, the 25-year-old will be looking to even out the difference with his ERA in his first career start against the Red Sox. Twins vs. Porcello (RHP) Joe Mauer (53 plate appearances): .271 AVG/.340 OBP/.375 SLG, 5 doubles, 5 RBIs Brian Dozier (30): .259/.333/.593, 3 HR, 8 RBIs Kurt Suzuki (29): .217/.310/.304 Trevor Plouffe (28): .200/.259/.400, 1 HR, 3 RBIs Torii Hunter (18): .412/.444/.706, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 8 RBIs Danny Santana (14): .286/.286/.429, 2 doubles, 3 strikeouts Eduardo Escobar (13): .333/.333/.417 Aaron Hicks (13): .200/.385/.500, 1 HR, 3 walks Chris Herrmann (8): .429/.429/.571, 1 double, 1 strikeout Eduardo Nunez (7): .286/.286/.286 Eddie Rosario (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 HR Shane Robinson has not faced Porcello. Red Sox vs. May (RHP) No Red Sox have faced May.