Jordan Lyles (1-3, 8.59 ERA) vs. Justin Dunn (2-1, 4.33 ERA)
The Texas Rangers just have to be counting down the days before the season is done. They are in the basement of the majors with a record of 13-25. The Pittsburgh Pirates are the only team that they’ve won more games than. The Rangers are behind the Oakland Athletics by 11 games. Any hope of sneaking into the postseason is shot.
All that’s left to do is count down the days until the offseason, which is only a few weeks away. Of course, it feels like the regular season just started. It still doesn’t feel like a “real” season. That’s what the Rangers can keep telling themselves to justify how poorly this campaign has gone. The Rangers are on a four-game losing streak going into Sunday.
The Mariners have their eyes on a sweep at T-Mobile Park today. They are winners in four straight games after beating the Angels twice and then the Rangers in two straight. It’s not going to get the Mariners anywhere in 2020, but something positive for them to feel good about. There hasn’t been an awful lot that has gone right for the Mariners, so this is something at least.
They head into Sunday with a record of 17-22. At 21-18, the Toronto Blue Jays are in possession of the final wildcard in the American League. That puts the Mariners within range of a postseason berth, but it’s more likely that they miss out and head into the offseason in October. I’ve had people tell me that the Mariners were going to be the worst team in the 2020 campaign. That hasn’t been the case, so they at least have that to feel good about.
There have been a lot of things that have not gone well for the Rangers. A small minority of players have been performing well. Otherwise, most Rangers have been struggling mightily. That includes starting pitcher Jordan Lyles. Lyles has been on the ropes without much success. He is scheduled to get the nod for the Rangers, while Justin Dunn counters for the Mariners on Sunday. Head below for our free Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners pick for September 6, 2020.
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Jordan Lyles is looking for something to go right on Sunday. It’s been a major struggle for the 29-year-old veteran. He might be pitching himself out of a job for 2021, but there is still time for him to put something together. Lyles enters Sunday with an ERA of 8.59 and 1.77 WHIP. Teams are hitting .311 against Lyles through seven games.
In his previous six appearances, Lyles has conceded at least 3 earned runs a game. That adds up to some pretty awful numbers for Lyles in 2020. The Mariners aren’t a team that Lyles has had a lot of success against as well. In fact, the Mariners have torched Lyles in his career.
Across 53 at-bats, the Mariners are hitting .345 with a .430 OBP. For a team that hasn’t been the best offensively in 2020, they’ve been able to make it look easy versus Lyles. That should help give the Mariners an advantage in this game, and if Justin Dunn stays hot, then another win should be within reach at T-Mobile Park on Sunday. The Mariners have been getting nice production from Dunn recently, and he has two wins against the Rangers this season.
Dunn has posted an ERA of 1.50 through 12 innings against the Rangers in 2020. In his previous two starts, against the Angels and Rangers, Dunn has conceded just 2 hits and no runs. After showing promise last season, with an ERA of 2.70 in four starts, Dunn has gotten right back on track recently. The Rangers are hitting just .108 against Dunn with no runs scored against Dunn in 28 at-bats. I’m on the Mariners to sweep at home on Sunday.