Julio Teheran (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Marco Gonzales (1-1, 2.53 ERA)
The Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners will meet for the second game of their three-game series on Wednesday. The Angels handled business with a 5-3 win in the first go around on Tuesday. Andrew Heaney came to play for the Angels, as he conceded just 3 hits and 1 earned run in 5.2 innings of work. That was enough for the Angels to earn their fourth win on the season. They struck early with 3 runs in the 1st inning and cruised from there. Despite the win for the Angels, they are just 4-7 heading into Wednesday.
Mike Trout went deep for his second long ball of the season. He’s hitting .296 with a .375 OBP in 27 at-bats. Trout is of course the catalyst for the Angels, but he can’t carry the team on his shoulders. Albert Pujols contributed 2 RBI last night in the winning cause. Pujols is hitting .156 with 3 home runs in 2020, one of which was a grand slam.
As a 40-year-old, you can’t really expect much from him at this point in his career, but he still has a bit of pop in his bat. He’s still being paid a lot of money to not produce up to what his salary would indicate. In any case, we know what we’re going to get from Pujols at this point of his career, which is quickly coming to an end.
The Angels are stuck in the competitive AL West, though the door is wide open at the moment. The Astros are 6-4 and the Athletics are 7-4, with the Angels three games behind the ‘Stros. The Angels can be a streaky team that can get hot and really cold, so maybe this 60-game season is best for them. It’s not like the Astros are their usual selves and Justin Verlander is injured.
In other words, the Angels can’t afford to lose games against a beatable team like the Mariners. The Angels will assign Julio Teheran as their starting hurler on Wednesday. Teheran is coming off the IL because of a coronavirus infection. He will make his first start as a member of the Angels tonight. Marco Gonzalez who has developed into the best option in the Mariners’ rotation will get the go opposite Teheran in Seattle. Head below for our free LA Angels vs. Seattle Mariners pick for August 5, 2020.
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The Angels have suffered a lot of bad luck when it comes to the health of their pitchers. It was no surprise then when their new acquisition, Julio Teheran, got Covid-19 and had to sit out for the start of the season. Teheran is ready to go for the Angels on Wednesday. This is the first year of his career that Teheran will be pitching for a new team.
He spent his first nine years with the Braves. That was a very productive nine years, with Teheran recording an ERA of 3.67 and 1.21 WHIP. In his last season with the Braves, Teheran notched an ERA of 3.81 and 1.32 WHIP. As a 29-year-old, Teheran still has more than enough in the tank to keep going strong in the major leagues.
Teheran might be on a pitch count, so that is something to keep in mind. However, he should be able to chew up 4 or 5 innings for the Angels. The Mariners are scoring 4.08 runs per game in 2020, so this isn’t the trickiest assignment for Teheran. This is a nice game to ease himself into the rotation. Marco Gonzales will do his best to out pitch Teheran on Wednesday evening at T-Mobile Park.
Gonzales has allowed 23 runs in 146 at-bats against the Angels. He’s yielded 6 home runs and a batting average of .233 to Anaheim. Gonzales is off to a nice start, with an ERA of 2.53 across 10.2 innings of work against the Astros and Angels. The Angels get another crack at Gonzales in this one. After getting a good look at Gonzales on July 30, expect the Angels to be better prepared tonight. They should know what to expect after facing him a week ago. I’m backing the Angels to grab another win in Seattle today.