Jon Gray (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Mike Minor (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers will do it all over again on Saturday at the brand new Globe Life Field. It’s a beautiful looking ballpark from the inside. Can’t really say much for the aesthetics of it from the outside, though. Globe Life Field is the neighbor to the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium.
In the first game at the new park, the Rangers played to a 1-0 win in front of no fans. It wasn’t the debut that anyone envisioned, but it was a win for the Rangers nonetheless. A Rougned Odor double was the only offense required for a victory.
Odor connected on a double to send home Danny Santana. It was one of just three hits for the Rangers on Opening Day. The star of the show for the Rangers was Lance Lynn. Lynn stood out for the Rangers on Friday. He gave up just 2 hits and 4 walks to get out of Opening Day with a 0.00 ERA in 6 innings of ball. That was quite the debut in 2020 for Lynn against the Rockies.
He looks like he is more than ready to go this season. Ian Desmond’s bat might have helped, but he opted to sit out this season because of concerns over COVID-19. Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado fortunately decided to play, or the Rockies would have been in a heap of problems this season.
The offense didn’t look interested in playing last night. In this hot and humid summer, expect to see balls flying out of the park when they had home for Coors Field, though. I don’t know if it’s going to be the Rockies doing most of the mashing at the plate, but it could be a launching pad if the hot weather continues.
The Rockies are expected to send Jon Gray to the bump for his first start of 2020. Gray had a small coming out party last season. He was one of only a few pitchers in the league who cares to pitch at Coors Field. Gray will be joined by Mike Minor of the Rangers, who could have been used as trade bait at the trade deadline. Minor was adamant in staying in Arlington and he got his wish. Head below for our free Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers pick for July 25, 2020 in MLB.
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Jon Gray has been up and down throughout his career, and was able to get things under control following a rough 2018. Gray notched an ERA Of 5.12 and 1.35 WHIP two years ago, but responded for a 3.84 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 2019. You are not going to find many pitchers who would volunteer to pitch at Coors Field, though Gray was one of the better pitchers in the majors at keeping the ball in the park in Denver. Gray recorded an ERA of 3.46 at home as opposed to a 4.22 ERA on the road.
Gray has posted ERA’s of 5.53, 4.61, 3.67, 5.12 and 3.84 in his first five seasons in the major leagues. He’s far from elite, but can chew up some quality innings for the Rockies. Gray could go in either direction in 2020. In 20 at-bats, Gray has been average against the Rangers on this roster. The Rangers have hit Gray for a .267 and .367 OBP. There are three hitters on the Rangers that are hitting .500 or greater against Gray.
Expect the Rangers’ lineup to be backed up by a solid performance from Mike Minor. Minor was a hot commodity at the trade deadline, with several teams calling the Rangers and showing some interest. However, Minor wanted to stay and the Rangers answered his request. The veteran was excellent in 2019, with a 3.59 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 32 starts.
Minor spent 2017 in the bullpen with the Royals, but found his way back into a starting rotation with the Rangers the last two years. It’s paid off for both parties. Minor has been a lockdown pitcher against the Rockies. The Rockies are hitting just .110 with a .133 OBP against Minor in 58 at-bats. Daniel Murphy and Chris Owings are the only hitters with long balls off Minor. Give me Minor and the Rangers to protect their new home field with two wins in two days on Saturday.