The Red Sox offense has suddenly come to life over the last two nights, scoring 15 runs after a three-game set in Baltimore in which they totaled just one, and the result has been two wins a row, including four in their last six games overall.
In the past two wins, the Sox have gotten strong pitching performances from veterans at the front of their rotation. In order to make it a three-game winning streak, Jake Peavy will need to do his part as well.
Peavy is currently 1-4 in 13 starts this season with a 4.76 ERA. His last outing was on the losing end of a 4-0 Oriole shutout of the Red Sox on June 9. In that contest, Peavy went seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. He also gave up a stunning three home runs in the game, the first time he has done that since joining the Red Sox last July.
Against the Indians in his career, Peavy is 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA in 12 starts. He last faced them on June 3 in Cleveland, taking the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. In the Indians’ lineup, Asdrubal Cabrera has faced Peavy the most, going 6-for-23 off him, while Michael Brantley is 5-for-22, Jason Kipnis is 3-for-11, and David Murphy is 2-for-10.
Hoping to get the Indians back on track will be rookie lefthander T.J. House, who holds an 0-1 record with a 5.24 ERA in five appearances this year, four of them starts. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings the last time he pitched, surrendering five earned runs on six hits with two walks and one strikeout to the Texas Rangers in a game the Indians would end up winning 17-7.
House faced the Red Sox for the first time in his career back on June 3, allowing two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. In that game, six different Red Sox players recorded hits, but only Xander Bogaerts – a solo home run in the top of the third – had one go for extra bases.