Julio Teheran (0-2, 7.94 ERA) vs. Kyle Cody (0-1, 0.00 ERA)
The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers will meet for the second game in a three-game series on Wednesday. The Rangers got the series started with a 7-1 win on Tuesday night. After struggling in Seattle, the Rangers looked much better behind a stellar performance by Lance Lynn. Lynn is pitching like an all-star in 2020, and has been the biggest bright spot for an otherwise sour season in Arlington.
They could have received a nice haul in return for Lynn at the trade deadline, but he stays in Texas with the Rangers. The Rangers must have not gotten what they were looking for, because that looked like a good opportunity to bring in some prospects. It isn’t like Lynn is young or anything and he reached the apex of his trade value in 2020. In any case, Lynn has been the most effective player for the Rangers in 2020 and continues to play hard.
The Rangers sit at the bottom of the AL West with a record of 14-27. Their offense has had a lot to do with that. They did play like a different team for a night on Tuesday, though. Andrew Heaney was tagged for 5 hits and 3 earned runs in the 7-1 loss. Hansel Robles and Jacob Barnes each gave up a run out of the bullpen in the losing effort.
This isn’t a team that was expected to go very far this season. The Rangers lack talent and are looking forward to a brighter future. However, the Angels do have talent and were projected to at least get into an expanded postseason. The Angels have Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani in their lineup, but all that has gotten them is a record of 17-26. A team like the Tigers, with significantly less talent is 19-21, so there are no excuses. Head below for our free LA Angels vs. Texas Rangers pick for September 9, 2020.
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The Angels have had starting rotation issues for as long as I can remember. That is nothing new for the Angels. Part of that has been because of sheer bad luck with injuries, and even the deaths of pitchers, Tyler Skaggs in 2019 and Nick Adenhart in 2020.
There isn’t much that can be done regarding that. The Angels acquired Julio Teheran and he missed a portion of summer training because of the coronavirus. He struggled badly upon his return to the rotation. Teheran might be getting back on track, though. Teheran held a very good San Diego offense to 2 runs over 5 innings of work in his most recent outing.
The bullpen provided no help, but it was a good sign to see Teheran in much better form. In his previous two starts, Teheran has given up 5 earned runs across 9.2 innings of play. The Rangers are the worst offense in baseball with 3.68 runs scored per game.
This should be a decent opportunity for Teheran to get his numbers back in order. His counterpart on the other side this evening, Kyle Cody, will make the second start of his career after giving up a hit and run versus the Mariners last week. Through 7.1 innings, Cody has yielded just 2 hits and 1 run.
In his minor league career, he posted an ERA of 3.23 and 1.22 WHIP. Cody’s audition to remain with the Rangers in 2021 has gone well thus far, but even if he is pitching well tonight, he’ll likely be on a pitch count like he was against the Mariners. In any event, I don’t think he’ll be able to sustain his 0.00 ERA that he’s produced in his 7.1 innings major league career. Look for the Angels to bounce back and force a rubber-match tomorrow.