Jesus Luzardo (2-0, 3.67 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (3-0, 1.37 ERA)
The Texas Rangers return home to host the Oakland Athletics following a frustrating weekend in Seattle. They got swept by the lowly Mariners and didn’t put up a fight on Sunday either. The offense was lifeless for the Rangers, as they allowed Justin Dunn to neutralize them for 1 hit and no runs through 6 innings.
Dunn was struggling mightily until he met with the Rangers yesterday afternoon. The Rangers made him look like an ace out there. Dunn might pan out to be an ace for the Mariners in the future, but that’s the only performance we’ve seen from him that has been impressive in 2020. The Rangers hoped to see some better work out of Mike Minor, but that wasn’t present either.
The guy who pleaded wanting to stay in Texas at the trade deadline last year isn’t rewarding his organization with listening to him. Minor gave up 5 hits and 4 earned runs in 6 innings. You would have thought a team like the Mariners would have given him a nice opportunity to break out against, but his problems with the long ball persisted.
It was a frustrating day for me on Sunday as well. A day that could have easily been a winner was a loser. The Red Sox failed to score one more run to get the OVER, and then the most frustrating of all was Sunday Night Baseball. There were 8 runs scored through 3.5 innings, and then just 1 more in the bottom of the 9th.
The one extra run we needed was thrown out at the plate following a Freddie Freeman double. There were multiple opportunities to score runs, including the bases loaded for the Phillies earlier in the game and they did nothing with it. It’s hard to go through a full season, even a shortened season, without having a bad beat, though. The Rangers hope to get back on track at home with Lance Lynn on the bump.
Lynn has been by far the most reliable pitcher for the Rangers. His value is at an all-time high, so if I were the Rangers, I’d be thinking long and hard about dealing him for prospects. The Rangers don’t really need him in a losing season, but a major contender would love him in their rotation. The No. 1 prospect in the A’s pipeline will counter on the bump in Texas. Get our free Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers pick for August 24, 2020.
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The Athletics are high on Jesus Luzardo becoming the next big pitcher for them. The No. 1 prospect in the organization has showcased why the Athletics are confident in him developing into a star. That was most evident in his most recent outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks last week. Luzardo gave up 4 hits and no runs through 6 innings on the hill.
That was a confidence builder after Luzardo struggled versus the Giants on August 14. In three out of five starts this season, Luzardo hasn’t allowed a run. One of those performances was against the Rangers on August 4. The Rangers were lost at the plate, like they’ve been for most of this season against most pitchers.
They managed only 2 hits and no runs through 5 innings. It’s been a struggle for the Rangers at the dish in 2020. They are scoring just 3.74 runs per game for dead last in the major leagues. The Rangers have only scored a run in each of their last two games. Luzardo might be a rookie, but he’s not going to be a simple matchup for them on Monday night. The A’s pitching staff is fifth in the majors with a 3.54 ERA.
With five straight losses and a record of 10-17, the Rangers might already be dead this season. Enter a deal involving Lance Lynn at the deadline. Lynn has been phenomenal with the Rangers through six starts. He goes into Monday with an ERA of 1.37 and 0.81 WHIP. Batters are hitting a measly .146 versus Lynn. He’s yet to allow more than 2 earned runs in a performance. This should be a game of the low-scoring variety.