Rick Porcello

Wednesday's Red Sox-White Sox matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Jose Quintana

July 29, 2015 - 4:10 am
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The Red Sox will take on the White Sox on Wednesday as Rick Porcello matches up with Jose Quintana and looks to end the team's latest slump. Porcello undoubtedly wishes he could take much of his 2015 season back. The right-hander bears the weight of a 5-10 record and the AL's worst ERA among starters at 5.51. Much of his struggles can be attributed to his inability to rein in the baseball. Porcello has given up 18 home runs in each of the last two seasons. He has already reached that mark this year through just 19 starts. To Porcello's credit, he has responded well since his long-term future with the Red Sox came under serious consideration July 1. Following that disastrous start against the Blue Jays -- two innings pitched, seven runs and three homers allowed -- he has been stalwart, logging a 2.50 ERA over three starts. His success culminated with a seven-inning, one-run masterpiece against his former team, the Tigers, last Friday. After the game, a 2-1 Red Sox walkoff win, Red Sox manager John Farrell praised Porcello's resilience under pressure with men on base. "A lot of strikes by both starters, and I thought tonight from the fourth inning on, Rick'€™s fastball was one of the best he'€™s had on the entire year," Farrell said. "He was really good with his extension. I think it showed up with some swing and miss to his changeup. He was down in the strike zone, got a key double play in the fourth inning. He was very good. Even the couple of opportunities where they had runners in scoring position he was able to get a key strikeout. He and [Hanigan] again went out and matched up and executed well." As a longtime member of the AL Central, Porcello is no stranger to the White Sox. In 19 starts against them, he has posted a 9-7 record and a 4.02 ERA, his second-best mark vs. a team against whom he's made at least 12 starts. Facing a struggling offense, he will look to cash in and make his third quality start during the month of July. Toeing the rubber for the White Sox will be Quintana, a solid starter who's seen his numbers inflate behind poor defense. This season Quintana has compiled a respectable 5-6 record and a 3.56 ERA. However, his numbers should be even better according to his FIP, which sits at 3.11, ahead of aces like Felix Hernandez (3.25) and Johnny Cueto (3.13). He experienced a similar phenomenon in 2014 when he went 9-11 with a 3.32 ERA and a 2.81 FIP, the 10th-best figure in the majors. All this is to say Quintana's defense has not done him any favors over the last two years. Quintana didn't need any defense last Friday against the Indians as he proved nearly unhittable. The 26-year-old southpaw tossed the first complete game and shutout of his career, an eight-strikeout dazzler. He also tied his season high with 16 ground balls induced and issued zero free passes in the 120-pitch effort. White Sox manager Robin Ventura alluded to Quintana's struggles with poor defense and a lack of run support after the game, lauding the Colombian for his performance in the 6-0 win. "He was sharp, and I think there was something about what he's had to endure," Ventura said. "I felt we were playing good defense and it helped him. He was sharp from the get-go locating and got out of some jams. Shockingly, we scored a bunch of runs for him, which he was happy about." Quintana will try to keep his momentum going Wednesday, as last Friday's start represents merely one in a long line of July gems. For his career, he has twirled a 2.80 ERA in 21 July starts, the best of any month by nearly half a run. White Sox vs. Porcello (RHP) Alexei Ramirez (51 plate appearances): .160 AVG/.160 OBP/.200 SLG, 1 HR, 1 RBI Gordon Beckham (37): .469/.486/.750, 6 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBIs Melky Cabrera (22): .500/.545/.800, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBIs Tyler Flowers (17): .133/.235/.200, 5 strikeouts Avisail Garcia (14): .538/.571/.615, 1 double, 3 RBIs Jose Abreu (7): .286/.286/.714, 1 HR, 3 RBIs Adam Eaton (7): .286/.286/.714, 1 double, 1 triple Geovany Soto (7): .571/.571/1.571, 1 double, 2 HR, 2 RBIs Adam LaRoche (6): .600/.667/.800, 1 double J.B. Shuck (6): .167/.167/.333 Carlos Sanchez (4): .250/.250/.250 Emilio Bonifacio is 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI against Porcello. Tyler Saladino has not faced Porcello. Red Sox vs. Quintana (LHP) Mike Napoli (6): .167/.167/.167, 3 strikeouts David Ortiz (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 2 RBIs Mookie Betts (3): .000/.000/.000 Brock Holt (3): .000/.000/.000 Daniel Nava (3): .500/.667/.500 Hanley Ramirez (3): .333/.333/.333 Pablo Sandoval (3): .000/.000/.000 No other Red Sox have faced Quintana.

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