Lance Lynn (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Jesus Luzardo (0-0, 1.35 ERA)
The Texas Rangers stay in California following a weekend series against the San Francisco Giants. It wasn’t a success, but they were able to win the series finale to avoid getting swept at Oracle Park. The bats came out to play for the Rangers with 9 runs scored for a 9-5 win. Jeff Samardzija was tagged for 7 hits and 5 earned runs in 5.2 innings.
He hasn’t looked right so far this season and the Rangers were able to take advantage of Samardzija. The AL West is wide open for the taking, so the Rangers have to keep their composure and have a championship mindset. The same goes for the Oakland Athletics who might be in the best position to take down the Houston Astros.
The Astros are without Justin Verlander and their garbage cans, so the door is open for somebody else to take over the division. While I take a shot at the Astros, they aren’t the only team in the majors that was bending the rules. They bent them a little too far, though. The most disappointing team is likely easy to spot. The Los Angeles Angels are off to a 3-7 start and just got bad news regarding another Ohtani injury.
Let’s not get crazy and say that the door is wide open for the Angels. The Athletics currently lead the AL West with a record of 6-4, while the Astros are stuck in neutral with a record of 5-4. Take the Athletics lead with a grain of salt right now. The Rangers head into Oakland with a record of 3-5.
They’re two games behind the Athletics for first in the division. Lance Lynn will be assigned the starting job for the Rangers in this one. Highly anticipated rookie Jesus Luzardo will make his first major league start on Tuesday night at home. Head below for our free Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics pick for August 4, 2020.
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The Athletics are expecting big things out of Jesus Luzardo in his career. He’s the No. 1 prospect in their pipeline, so expectations are supposed to follow for a guy of his stature. The young 22-year-old is expected to develop into a future ace for the A’s.
It’s not easy to reach the majors as a 22-year-old, but Luzardo has been able to pull it off. He has some filthy stuff in his arsenal of pitches, including a 97 mph fastball and elite sinker. Luzardo was able to get his feet wet with a couple of appearances out of the bullpen, where he showcased his potential.
Luzardo has a 1.35 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 6.2 innings against the Rockies and Angels. In 12 innings last season, Luzardo had a 1.50 ERA and 0.67 WHIP in 12 innings. Barring injuries, expect to see Luzardo in the All-Star Game in the future. Luzardo should be able to get off to a fast start as a starter in the majors on Tuesday versus the Rangers.
On the opposite side, Lance Lynn has been red-hot to open the season, so Luzardo might be in a position where he has to be really efficient in his debut. There is a viable chance of that happening for Luzardo. As long as nerves don’t get to him, I’m confident in him performing well. Lynn enters Oakland with an ERA of 0.00 and 0.75 WHIP in two outings against the Diamondbacks and Rockies.
He held them to just 2 hits across 12 innings of work. Some pitchers have seemed to work hard during the lockdown and Lynn appears to be one of them. The former Cardinal is one of the most underappreciated pitchers in the majors. In seven of eight seasons, Lynn has recorded an ERA below the 4.00 mark. He’s coming off an ERA of 3.67 and 1.22 WHIP in his first full season with the Rangers in 2019. I’m favoring a low-scoring game with Lynn and Luzardo dictating the tempo of this meeting.