Taijuan Walker (2-2, 4.00 ERA) vs. Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 1.89 ERA)
The Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres will meet on Wednesday for the second day in a row for the sandwich contest in this three-game series. One team was going to cool off after both had successful weekends.
The Mariners came into San Diego with a lot of confidence after a sweep of the Texas Rangers at home. While the Mariners are a much bigger challenge, they weren’t intimidated by the red-hot Paders at all. They threw some cold water on the Padres and brought it to them for a 8-3 win.
It was a concerning performance for Chris Paddack. He looked weak early, as the Mariners got to him quickly for 2 runs in the top of the 1st. The Mariners added a couple of more runs in the next inning to make it a 4-0 lead at Petco.
However, the Padres responded in the bottom of the 3rd for 3 runs to cut the lead to 1. I think at that point, many assumed that the Mariners would tank and the Padres would take over. That didn’t happen and the Mariners built on their lead to go ahead 8-3.
Poor performance by the Padres, but they might have been due for a letdown. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for the Padres. They were coming off a sweep over the Houston Astros, so the Padres had to be feeling really good before the Mariners pulled off an upset on Tuesday night.
The ball will go over to Taijuan Walker for the Mariners on Wednesday. He will be tasked with making it five straight wins for the Mariners. Prior to their win on Tuesday, the Mariners swept the Rangers in three games at T-Mobile Park.
They also have a recent win last week against the Dodgers, so they’ve been competing at least despite a record of 12-19. One of the most underrated pitchers in the majors today, Dinelson Lamet, will counter for the Padres. Head below for our free Seattle Mariners vs. San Diego Padres pick for August 26, 2020.
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Chris Paddack has been referred to as the ace of the San Diego Padres, but that honor has to go to Dinelson Lamet right now. Paddack has already hit a few bumps in the road, and while he’s more than capable of turning things around and providing a lift, it has been Lamet that has risen to the occasion and stepped up.
Lamet is in the NL Cy Young race with some terrific work thus far. He heads into Wednesday with an ERA of 1.89 and 0.84 WHIP. Lamet has a flamethrower for an arm, as he can get into the mid 90’s consistently with movement.
You want to see progress from a young pitcher in his third season. That is what we’re seeing from Lamet who recorded an ERA of 4.57 and 4.07 the last two years. We saw promise in 14 starts in 2019, and Lamet is putting everything together in his third season in the majors.
Lamet has yet to allow more than 2 earned runs in a start, and has allowed more than 1 in only one outing. In his worst performance of the season, Lamet gave up 2 hits and 2 earned runs versus the Rangers in his most recent tilt. There are a lot of pitchers who wish they can say that’s their worst effort.
Taijuan Walker will likely be traded at the trade deadline. I don’t think they’re going to get a heck of a lot for Walker, but he’s a solid option for depth. Walker enters Wednesday with an ERA of 4.00 and 1.07 WHIP through 27 innings. That’s close to his career average with a 3.95 ERA since 2013 in five games.
Walker has been shakier on the road than at home, as he owns a 4.82 ERA and 1.62 WHIP as opposed to a 3.57 ERA and 0.79 in Seattle. Batters are hitting .333 against Walker on the road. The Padres didn’t show up to play last night, and the result was fairly embarrassing against an inferior Seattle squad. Expect the Padres to find their stroke following that lowly effort.