Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 2.35 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (0-2, 9.17 ERA)
The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels meet on Wednesday in a regional interleague series at Angel Stadium. The Angels are looking for signs of life after dropping back-to-back games against the Seattle Mariners. They were losers by a score of 2-1, and then turned around and did the same on Monday.
That can’t happen with an offense like the Angels have. For all of the blame the pitching staff gets in Anaheim, they can’t be blamed for those two games against the Mariners. The pitchers came to play for the Angels, but the offense, which features Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Justin Upton, fell asleep against the Mariners.
That happened, though, and the Mariners are dead last in the AL West with a record of 12-24. Sure, not many people had confidence in the Angels threatening for a World Series, but 12-24 and last in the division? Yikes. And this goes beyond bad pitching. At some point the Angels have to find some clutch performances at the plate in tight games. The talent is there, and they just have to follow through on it.
The San Diego Padres are coming off a successful series on Denver against the Rockies. They were winners in three of four games. In their last two games, the Padres outscored the Rockies by a score of 19-2. The Padres have a tough chore trying to catch up with the Dodgers. They’re five games back with a record of 22-15. While that won’t be easy, the Padres are likely going to the postseason anyway.
Dinelson Lamet and the flamethrower on his shoulder is playing a big role for the Padres in 2020. He’s developed into their ace, as Lamet experiences a breakout season in San Diego. Lamet is expected to get the starting nod for the Padres, with former Atlanta Brave, Julio Teheran, countering for the Angels. Head below for our free San Diego Padres vs. LA Angels pick for September 2, 2020.
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The Angels can’t keep trotting Julio Teheran out to the bump if he doesn’t get something going in his favor soon. Teheran, who was a model of consistency with the Braves in his career, has struggled to find his bearings in Anaheim with the Angels. He arrived at training camp late because of a Covid-19 diagnosis. Teheran’s health is fine now, but his pitching isn’t. Teheran heads into Wednesday with an ERA of 9.17 and 1.70 WHIP through 17.1 innings.
In his last three starts alone, Teheran has produced an ERA of 7.62 and 1.46 WHIP. In 17.2 innings in 2020, Teheran has conceded 23 hits and 18 earned runs. His opening start against the Mariners on August 5 is the only game that Teheran hasn’t given up more than 2 earned runs in a start. Unfortunately for Teheran, he doesn’t get a cream puff matchup on Wednesday to work some things out. Teheran will have to try to get it done against the Padres.
The Padres lead the major leagues with an average of 5.7 runs scored per game. They hold a slim advantage on the Dodgers in that regard. Fernando Tatis Jr. has been a force for the Padres. The 21-year-old has been swinging a hot stick in 2020, with a .313 batting average and 13 home runs. Their efficient offense will be backed by the efficient arm of Dinelson Lamet on Wednesday evening.
Lamet owns a 2.35 ERA and 0.94 WHIP through seven games. He can really zip it and routinely gets into the mid 90’s with his fastball. The road hasn’t been a problem for Lamet. He has an ERA of 1.64 and 1.09 WHIP in 11 innings as a visitor. The Angels’ offense likely plays better than they did against the Mariners, but I’m not so sure Teheran can keep them around in this game. Look for the Padres to pull away late for a win by 2 or more runs at Angel Stadium.