Kyle Gibson (0-2, 4.11 ERA) vs. German Marquez (2-2, 2.08 ERA)
The Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies tangle for Game 2 of this weekend series in Denver. The Rangers helped themselves to a 3-2 win over the Rockies on Friday night. Lance Lynn pitched a gem, as he held the Rockies to just 2 hits and 1 run. That’s not easy to do and Lynn did it at the trickiest park out of them all, Coors Field.
Lynn has been one of the must under-the-radar pitchers in the major leagues this season. He was the reason for the Rangers getting the win last night. The offense has been sputtering for the Rangers in 2020, so the pitching has had to step up and take an initiative. Lynn, at least, has answered the call for the Rangers.
The Rangers advanced to 9-9 on the season with the win. The Athletics are currently the only team in the AL West with a record better than .500. It’s been a slow moving season for the majority of teams in the division. The Houston Astros have looked good against bad teams, but otherwise, don’t look like contenders this season. And it’s not only because of the Justin Verlander injury.
After years of playing second fiddle to the Astros in the AL West, the Athletics might be ready to finally take things over for now. That said, I wouldn’t count the Astros out yet. The Rangers on the other hand have to find some offense at the plate if they’re going to make a move. They got away with a bad offensive night on Friday. It isn’t typical for 3 runs to be enough for a win at Coors Field.
Depending on Lynn isn’t going to be an option on Saturday. The Rangers are expected to give the ball to former Minnesota Twin, Kyle Gibson, on Saturday against the Rockies at Coors Field. Gibson is a solid enough mid-tier guy for the rotation in Texas. He is not going to blow you away, but can chew up some innings. German Marquez will counter for the Rox. Head below for our free Texas Rangers vs. Colorado Rockies pick for August 15, 2020.
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The Rockies have been getting a great lift from their pitching staff in 2020. You have to give them some credit for some of the work that they’ve been doing. There aren’t any brand names in their rotation, but they are going about their business nicely. Kyle Freeland might be the biggest name thanks to his 2018 season, though he was lost in the mix a season ago after regressing. Now there have been several hurlers stepping up for the Rockies. German Marquez has been one of them. He’s really coming into his own with the Rockies.
Marquez heads into Saturday with an ERA of 2.08 and 0.92 WHIP through four starts. Batters are hitting just .189 against Marquez at the dish. In four outings, Marquez hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs in a start. After posting an ERA of 3.77 in 2018, Marquez tailed off with a 4.76 ERA last season.
His command was all over the place and he struggled to control Coors Field. However, Marquez has been doing both much better and is adding a lot of value to the Rockies’ starting rotation this season. The Texas offense has been abysmal, so that should help as well. The Rangers have scored just 3.65 runs per game for 28th in the majors. That’s down from 5 runs per game in 2019.
Kyle Gibson has been absolutely thrashed against the Rockies in his career. The Rockies are hitting .492 with a .533 OBP in 29 at-bats against Gibson. That’s not going to work against the Rockies today. They are first in the majors with 5.72 runs scored per contest. Gibson has been serviceable with an ERA of 4.11 and 1.57 WHIP in three starts. He’s gotten dinged with a 4.50 ERA on the road. Gibson can expect to see his numbers go up tonight. I’m backing the Rockies on Saturday.