Since falling to a season-low 12 games under .500, the Red Sox have won three straight, including an 8-3 beating of the Astros on Friday night in Houston.
In order to get to four straight victories, the Sox will need their offense to show up like it did on Friday, and will also need a strong pitching performance from their starter who may be making his Red Sox’ finale.
Jake Peavy, who has been the subject of trade rumors over the past week, will make his Saturday start as scheduled, going into the game with a 1-7 record and a 4.64 ERA in 18 starts this season. He’s coming off a strong start in his last outing, allowing one earned run over six innings against the Orioles on July 6, his fourth quality start in his last five appearances.
It’s been a while since Peavy has pitched against the Astros, with the last time coming in 2008 as a member of the Padres, but he does have 14 career starts against Houston, going 7-4 with a 2.31 ERA in those games.
This will be the first time that Peavy has faced any current hitters on the Astros roster.
Starting for Houston will be lefthander Brett Oberholtzer, who has a 2-7 record and a 4.66 ERA in 11 starts this year. He got roughed up by the Los Angeles Angels in his last start on July 3, giving up five runs on nine hits with three walks in 6 1/3 innings.
Oberholtzer has only faced the Red Sox once in his young career, but it was a beauty, shutting out the Sox over seven innings on Aug. 5, 2013, as he allowed four hits and walked two in a game the Astros won 2-0. Dustin Pedroia had two hits in that game in three at bats, while Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew each hit a double. Mike Napoli and David Ortiz were both 0-for-3, but Ortiz did reach base once on a walk.