Marco Gonzales (2-2, 3.34 ERA) vs. Chris Paddack (2-2, 4.26 ERA)
The Seattle Mariners are in San Diego for a three-game series against the red-hot Padres. The Mariners are feeling pretty good after a successful weekend against the Texas Rangers at home. They were able to record a rare sweep after beating the Rangers in three straight games.
It was impressive wins, too, with a win of 7-4, 10-1, and 4-1. The Rangers were fast asleep in that series versus the Mariners at T-Mobile Park. Seattle advanced to 11-19 with the sweep, so it still didn’t put a dent in their record, though.
The Mariners aren’t going anywhere. I wouldn’t get too excited over the sweep of the Rangers. They were able to take advantage of a Texas team that couldn’t hit a beach ball. That’s been the common theme for the Rangers in 2020, and the Mariners were a beneficiary of the lifeless offense.
The Mariners got a big performance from Justin Dunn in that game. Dunn, who wasn’t living up to his expectations, was able to handle the Rangers through 6 innings of work. He gave up just 1 hit in a 4-1 win. San Diego, or Slam Diego, as they’ve been being referred to, have made history with grand slams in four straight games.
After failing to connect for a grand slam in five straight games, they got it done the next day on Saturday for five grand slams in six games. It’s an insane accomplishment, spearheaded by the ultra talented Fernando Tatis Jr. Tatis Jr. is hitting .314 with 12 home runs in 118 at-bats. If it wasn’t for Mookie Betts in LA, he’d be a clear front-runner for the National League MVP.
Besides Tatis Jr., there is some other talent to like on the Padres roster. They might be a step or two behind the Dodgers in the NL West right now, but trending in the right direction following years of miserable results. They’ve gone from no offense to finally finding a guy that can be a superstar in their lineup. Tatis Jr. has led the Padres to a record of
The time is approaching for the Padres to iron out a long-term deal for the 21-year-old slugger. The front office is hoping that Chris Paddack will lead the pitching staff on the hill, while Tatis Jr. is the centerpiece of the offense. Mariners’ No. 1 pitcher, Marco Gonzales, is scheduled to get the call on the road in San Diego on Tuesday, with Paddack countering at home for the Padres. Head below for our free Seattle Mariners vs. San Diego Padres pick for August 25, 2020.
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With the Mariners all but a guarantee to be sellers at the trade deadline, Marco Gonzales might get thrown into the discussion. However, it would have to be a very attractive option for the Mariners to bite. They recently signed Gonzales to an extension and feel confident in him. That said, if a team wants to overpay for him, then the Mariners could listen.
Gonzales would be a nice piece in the rotation of a postseason contender. He goes into San Diego with a strong ERA of 3.34 and 0.88 WHIP through five starts. After being traded from the Cardinals to the Mariners in 2017, Gonzales has shown great progress on the bump.
Gonzales posted an ERA of 6.08 between the Cardinals and Mariners in 2017. Since then, Gonzales has shown steady improvement to a 4.00 ERA in 2018, 3.99 ERA last season, and now he’s on pace for his best season yet, but there are still several starts to go for Gonzales. We can’t draw too many conclusions following five good outings.
After giving up 7 earned runs in 13 innings versus the Angels and Rangers, Gonzales fired back with an impressive performance against the Dodgers in his latest start. Gonzales surrendered 5 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings. I think there’s still some consistency issues to work out for Gonzales, but he’s proven to be a valuable member of the Mariners. He faces a San Diego squad who are second in the majors with 5.43 runs scored per game.
Chris Paddack has the talent to duel with Gonzales if that’s what it comes down to on Tuesday. After getting lit up by the Dodgers, Paddack settled in to post a positive showing last week versus the Mariners. The Mariners scored a run off Paddack in 6 innings. Paddack goes into Tuesday with a 4.26 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
I think Paddack can be better than that ERA suggests. The Mariners’ offense should help him out in this one, as they’ve notched only 4.13 runs per game for 24th. Paddack gets an extra day of rest before making this start, so that should help. I’m looking for a Seattle letdown after their weekend sweep over the Rangers.