Friday, April 17th, 7:10 PM EDT
Apr 11, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (31) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP – BAL
Jimenez is coming off a really strong first start of the year, giving up only one hit and one walk in seven shutout innings. He also struck out eight while getting the win on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Multiple Red Sox have had a lot of success in their careers against Jimenez, notably, Pablo Sandoval, Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino. Sandoval is 11-for-34 with two homeruns; Pedroia is 7-for-19; and Victorino is 6-for-17 with two homeruns.
Jimenez has done well against David Ortiz, limiting him to two hits in 13 at-bats, though one of those hits was a homerun.
Apr 11, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly (56) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Kelly, RHP – BOS
Kelly, like Jimenez, had an awesome first start with very similar numbers. In Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Kelly gave up one run on one hit and two walks in seven innings, also striking out eight men.
Kelly’s stuff looked great in that outing, and if you watched ESPN’s Sunday Night Baeball last week, you heard Curt Schilling tell you that on multiple occasions.
Kelly just came over to Boston at last year’s trade deadline, having spent the first two years of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. The only Oriole with a decent sample size of at-bats against Kelly is Travis Snider, who is 3-for-11 against the 26-year-old hurler, striking out twice.
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