Antonio Senzatela (2-0, 2.45 ERA) vs. Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 4.66 ERA)
The Colorado Rockies are on the road hoping to avoid a letdown spot after winning five of their last six outings. Their only loss in their last six games was a 4-3 loss against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Don’t look now, but the Rockies are leading the NL West with a record of 9-3.
Does that mean that the Rockies are better than the LA Dodgers? Of course not, the Dodgers are only a half game behind the Rockies, and their talent far outweighs what the Rockies have in their stable. That said, upsets are meant to happen for a reason and the Rockies might be onto something.
The Rockies are a team to be cautious with, though. We’ve seen them get hot in the past, but unable to sustain that success and regress. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Rockies failing to keep up with the Dodgers. The Dodgers haven’t even been fully healthy. Despite Mookie Betts missing some time this week, the Dodgers still looked like the team to beat in the NL West.
Any momentum that the Rockies generated recently would quickly subside if they can’t navigate the Mariners in Seattle. The Mariners head into Friday with a record of 5-9. All things considered, and how bad people expected the Mariners to be in 2020, they have been playing alright so far this season, or at least they were.
The Mariners are coming off a 2-1 series loss versus the LA Angels. Solid effort behind Marco Gonzales on Wednesday for a 7-6 win, but not much else to get excited about. They were stymied for a 6-1 loss in the finale yesterday. The Mariners are winners in just one of their last six outings.
They had something good going on early, but it’s difficult to avoid losing when you’re not a good team. Yusei Kikuchi who is coming off a promising start, is scheduled for the starting nod on Friday night for the home team. Antonio Senzatela is looking to build on a hot start for the Rockies in Seattle tonight. Head below for our free Colorado Rockies vs. Seattle Mariners pick for August 7, 2020.
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Antonio Senzatela has been focused this season, and it appears the layoff might have benefited him. He might be ready to contribute for the Rockies this season, but let’s see what he brings to the table after more than two games. It’s a small sample size, but Senzatela has been strong in his first two starts of the season. He has recorded an ERA of 2.45 and 1.27 WHIP in 11 innings against the Athletics and Padres.
Senzatela has yielded only 3 earned runs across two outings. He was one strikeout short of tying a career-high against the Padres in his most recent performance. Senzatela sat six Padres down with strikeouts to help the Rockies out to a 9-6 win last weekend. He’s coming off a gaudy ERA of 6.71 and 1.75 WHIP in 2019, but returned this spring in much better form.
Senzatela had a 3.60 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 10 innings of exhibition ball heading into this season. His command has been solid, which is a welcoming sign for the Rockies. They need him to provide some depth for the rotation if the Rockies are going to have a chance at upsetting the Dodgers in the NL West.
Kikuchi turned things around with a productive outing in his last starts. He pitched 6 scoreless innings against the Athletics last weekend. The A’s managed just 3 hits on Kikuchi, who had his stroke working for him. In his 2020 debut, Kikuchi was off the mark, with 5 hits and 5 earned runs conceded against the ‘Stros in Houston. As a rookie in the majors after a career in Japan, Kikuchi posted an ERA of 5.46 and 1.52 WHIP. He is a streaky pitcher that goes off and on. I find some value in the Rockies at plus money in this spot at T-Mobile.