The Boston Red Sox are set for their first series against the newest member of the American League, the Houston Astros. The Red Sox welcome the Astros into Fenway Park for a four-game series, and Clay Buchholz will get the start in Game 1.
The Red Sox have started the 2013 season off better than most expected they would, thanks to their top two pitchers Jon Lester and Buchholz. The former gave up a season high three earned runs on Wednesday and earned his fourth win on the season. Buchholz also looks to continue his winning ways on Thursday.
Buchholz has come out of the gate firing and has yet to lose a game. The right-hander is 4-0 on the season with a 0.90 ERA and 29 strikeouts to start the 2013 season. The 28-year-old has only surrendered three runs over his first 30 innings of work and his opponents are hitting .184 against him.
Although Buchholz has never faced the Astros over his short career, he has posted a 3-0 record with a 0.78 ERA when pitching inside Fenway Park so far this season. If the Red Sox want anyone on the mound come Thursday evening at home, Buchholz is their guy.
The Astros will send one of their newest acquisitions Philip Humber to the mound. Humber, who pitched a perfect game on Apr. 21 of last season, has started off slow with a 0-4 record and a 6.63 ERA. Over his career against the Red Sox, the right hander is 2-2 with a 7.33 ERA and 17 strikeouts.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia has Humber’s number. The Red Sox catcher has batted .375 with two home runs and four RBI against the Astros starter. Look for Salty to get the start behind the plate on Thursday night.
First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. eastern time at Fenway Park. Red Sox fans will continue to show the nation who is Boston Strong.