Jose Suarez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (0-1, 4.21 ERA)
The Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants will continue their interleague battle in San Francisco on Thursday evening. The Angels are trying to play catch up in the AL West, but good luck with that. They were beaten by a lackluster Giants team on Wednesday by a score of 7-2. Johnny Cueto was sharp with 2 earned runs allowed to lead the way for the home squad.
Meanwhile, the Athletics are feeling confident at the moment, as they go into Thursday with a record of 17-8 and clear of the Houston Astros by 2.5 games. That isn’t enough room to get too comfortable, but the Athletics have to like that they’ve been atop the AL West for the duration of the season. It isn’t something they’ve been able to experience for a long while. The Astros have dominated the division for the past several years.
I remember when the Astros were a horrible team. This was when J.D. Martinez was struggling as a prospect with the Astros, before the Detroit Tigers gave him a new career and the rest is history as he never slowed down. Dallas Keuchel was just getting started with the Astros then, too. How quickly things changed for the Astros.
The A’s have played in the shadow of the ‘Stros for the last five years. They hope that the cheating scandal signals the end of the Astros era in the AL West. Houston is far from dead yet, though, as they showed last night in Denver against the Rockies. The A’s are coming off a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Jesus Luzardo turned in a strong performance to lead Oakland to a 3-run win. Meanwhile, the Angels already look dead in the division.
Despite the services of Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, and Anthony Rendon, the Angels are looking up at the Rangers, Astros, and Athletics in the standings. They go into Thursday with a record of 8-17, which is inexcusable given the talent in their lineup. Jose Suarez, who struggled as a rookie in 2019, will look to get his career and the team on track tonight at Oracle Park. Kevin Gausman is expected to counter for the Giants. Head below for our free LA Angels vs. San Francisco Giants pick for August 20, 2020.
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What everybody is hoping that the Mike Trout era in Anaheim does not go to waste. He’s the franchise player and many would say he’s the face of the major leagues, but that’s not translating into wins. Fingers crossed that Jose Suarez worked hard on improving his game from a season to forget as a rookie in 2019. Suarez was pushed around for a 7.11 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 19 games. The 22-year-old will undoubtedly be better than that this season, though it’s uncertain how far he has progressed.
Suarez missed summer camp for an undisclosed reason. He didn’t make the active roster to open the season, but was recently added to make his first start of 2020 today. Suarez was strong in three games in spring training despite missing summer training. He posted an ERA of 1.13 and 0.63 WHIP through 8 innings. That’s nice for Suarez, but he also looked good in the spring of 2019 and that didn’t work out well for him in the regular season.
Like I said, Suarez will be better, but how much better? In any event, I expect the Angels’ offense to wake up against Kevin Gausman. Gausman hasn’t had the best go of it against the Angels previously. The Angels are hitting .292 with 4 home runs and 7 runs in 70 at-bats. Gausman has been decent with an ERA of 4.21 and 1.17 WHIP in 2020.
He has allowed 3 earned runs in three out of five starts this season. The pitching staff as a unit has an ERA of 5.46. The bullpen might have pitched well last night, but that definitely isn’t a guarantee on Thursday. The Angels and Giants’ offenses should be able to combine to get into the double digits on the scoreboard today.