Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Rays-Red Sox pitching matchup

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Red Sox RHP Jake Peavy, 32, was in an awkward spot Monday afternoon, having to do a news conference to preview a start he didn't want to make. Peavy, scheduled to pitch tonight's Game 4, hadn't appeared in the playoffs since 2006 but wanted the Red Sox to sweep the Rays "more than anybody in the building." But now that Peavy has to pitch, the Red Sox feel fortunate to have a four-time All-Star and former NL Cy Young Award winner be their No. 4 starter. Peavy, acquired from the White Sox on July 31, went 4-1 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 starts with Boston. "He's a proven winner, a guy with postseason experience," manager John Farrell said. Meanwhile, Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson was admittedly surprised to get the nod for tonight's start, having struggled in a "very inconsistent" and "very frustrating season." Hellickson has been solid against the Sox, going 4-2 with a 4.21 ERA in his career, including three strong starts this season. "I knew that what I did the last two months didn't sit too well with the guys making the decision," Hellickson, 26, said. "And I was happy they still had confidence in me going out there in a playoff game."

Today's starters

Jeremy

Hellickson

CategoryJake Peavy
12Wins12
10Losses5
5.87ERA4.17
0Complete games2
174.0Innings pitched144.2
135Strikeouts121
50Walks36
24Homers allowed20
53.8Pct. fastball52.3
--Pct. slider6.8
.5Pct. cutter21.4
15.0Pct. curveball9.0
30.2Pct. changeup10.4
90.4Avg. fastball speed90.3
79.7Avg. changeup speed82.9

Source: fangraphs.com

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