After a tough loss Monday, the Red Sox go with Jake Peavy vs the Rays tonight in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Peavy is 3-1, 4.91 ERA in 6 career starts vs the Rays. He’s 2-0, 3.93 ERA in 3 career starts at Tropicana Field. Peavy has postseason experience, but it wasn’t great and it was a long time ago. In back-to-back seasons of 2005 and 2006, over 2 NLDS games with the Padres vs the Cardinals Peavy gave up 13 earned runs over 9.2 innings pitched.
He’ll be matched up against Jeremy Hellickson for the Rays. He was 12-10 in 2013 with a 5.17 ERA in 31 starts, going 1-0 in 3 starts vs the Red Sox, and 6-3 with a 4.77 ERA in 15 starts at Tropicana Field. For his career vs Boston he’s 4-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 12 starts, that’s his highest ERA vs any other AL East rival and his 4th highest vs any other American League club. Worth noting, Hellickson is 2-6 with a 7.02 ERA since August 6.
Here’s Boston batters’ career performance vs Rays Hellickson, sorted by batting average, followed by the same for Rays batters vs Jake Peavy: