Kolby Allard (0-4, 5.40 ERA) vs. Marco Gonzales (4-2, 3.09 ERA)
The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners meet for the final game of a four-game series on Monday. The Rangers have been disinterested in Seattle this weekend. They’re losers in three straight games against the Mariners and are looking to avoid a sweep in this one.
Going back to a loss on September 9 versus the Houston Astros, the Rangers have lost five straight games. Their most recent win was on September 1 in a 6-5 win over the Astros in extra innings. They barely got out of that game with a win.
The Rangers fell victim to the hot hand of Justin Dunn on Sunday. Dunn has been heating up and kept throttling his opponents with another sharp performance. He went 6 innings with just 2 earned runs allowed.
The Rangers tried to make a late comeback bid in the 9th, but a solo shot to cut the lead to a 4-3 game was as far as they got. Seattle has been playing well recently, though I’d be surprised if they stay hot enough to steal a postseason spot.
Seattle heads into Monday with a record of 18-22 following their winning effort yesterday afternoon. The Yankees currently have the final wildcard in the American League with a record of 21-19.
That gives the Mariners a chance to get into the postseason, though I think there’s too much competition for them to overcome. That said, the teams ahead of them are Tigers, Orioles, and Yankees. The Yankees are banged up and limping with a gaping gunshot wound, so it wouldn’t be impossible.
It will be imperative for Dunn and Marco Gonzales to stay as hot as they’ve been, though. Anything less won’t be good enough. There isn’t much room for error, but it might be possible if Dunn and Gonzales keep finding wins for the Mariners.
Dunn did his job on Sunday afternoon, and now it’s up to Gonzales on Labor Day. The No. 1 for the Mariners will get the call, while Kolby Allard will counter for the Rangers. Head below for our free Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners pick for September 7, 2020.
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If the Rangers are going to get out of Seattle with a win, they are going to have to find a way to get their offense going. It has been dreadful with just 3 runs scored in each of their three games in Seattle. This isn’t anything new for the Rangers, though.
Their offense has been struggling throughout the 2020 season, and there has been no signs of it getting better. Overall on the year, the Rangers have registered 3.59 runs per game for dead last in the major leagues. So struggling to score runs is nothing new for this team.
Marco Gonzales should be able to put forth a solid performance on Monday. As long as he gets a bit of run support, Gonzales should be in line for a winning day. Gonzales has been one of the more consistent pitchers this season.
He may not be getting much attention nationally, but is on pace for his best season in the major leagues. His previous high was an ERA of 3.99 last season, a year after tossing an ERA of 4.00 in 2018. Gonzales has been on a different level thi season, as he’s consistently gone about his business.
Gonzales heads into Labor Day with an ERA of 3.09 and 1.31 WHIP. He’s allowed 3 or fewer runs in six out of seven starts. His worst start of the season coincidentally enough came on the road against the Rangers.
The Rangers were able to get to Gonzales for 4 earned runs across 5 innings of work. Back at home in Seattle, against a Rangers’ offense that at the moment has zero confidence, I think he can turn in a much better performance on Monday.
The Atlanta Braves gave up early on Kolby Allard into his major league career. Allard posted an ERA of 12.38 and 2.88 WHIP in three appearances with the Braves in 2018. They must have seen something they didn’t like there, and the Braves might have been on to something. Allard continues to try to get going in the right direction.
Sure, he’s better than he was two years ago, but it isn’t saying too much. Allard owns an ERA of 5.40 through six starts in 2020. He’s been trash on the road, with a 7.98 ERA and 1.64 WHIP. The good news for the Rangers is that there is still time left for the 23-year-old to develop. That likely doesn’t help him at T-Mobile Park in Seattle on Monday, though. I’m on the Mariners again after cashing in yesterday.