The second game of a three game Interleague series has the American League Texas Rangers visiting Oracle Park to face the San Francisco Giants from the National League. The probable pitcher for Texas is the newly acquired right hander Jordan Lyles, but as of late Friday night San Fransisco is still undecided on who will take the mound in this 6:10pm PT contest. But it is likely going to be Drew Smyly (0-0, 2.08). Drew would be making his first appearance against the Rangers since they released him last June after he'd gone 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA in 13 games. Wilmer Flores hit a three-run homer and the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Friday night.
To Panic Or Have Urgency? That is The QuestionAfter a 7-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Rangers manager Chris Woodard addressed the media by stressing there is no panic with his club regarding the sluggish start. "There is urgency, but there is no panic." said the Texas skipper. He followed that by saying, "There was a calmness about us today...I felt like if we could just get one good at-bat, one big hit and kind of break things open, and that's exactly what happened."
The Rangers will send Jordan Lyles to the mound on Saturday and he was 7-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 11 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers at the end of of last season. However, this will be Lyles first start of the season as he was skipped over in order to give Lance Lynn an extra start. It's not exactly a vote of confidence for a guy they gave a $16 million contract to over the offseason.
We reckon the West is gonna be fun. pic.twitter.com/J7bu0iBMWF— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) July 6, 2020
The story for the Texas Rangers this year will not be the pitching, it will be the offense which already ranks amongst the lowest in the majors. Unfortunately, Oracle Park is not a hitter friendly park. They have moved the bullpens in attempt to generate more offense and have expanded the dimensions in the power alleys (including a 421-foot Triples Alley in right-center field), but the Oracle Park outfield always has been known as the place where homers die.
Giants Need To Improve Play Early In GamesThe San Francisco Giants fell to the San Diego Padres 12-7 in extra innings Thursday night after a top-of-the-10th collapse that included a Tyler Rogers explosion and a head scratching Gabe Kapler slip-up.
Rogers, a reliever, was charged with five earned runs and failed to record an out in extra innings against the Padres and visibly frustrated with his performance. With Rogers crumbling, Kapler left the dugout to replace him, but forgot the pitching coach just completed his own visit to the mound. Under MLB rules, if a pitcher receives two mound visits in the same inning during a given at-bat, the pitcher must face the batter until the batter is retired or reaches base.
As of Friday night The Giants have not determined who will start Saturday against the Rangers. Through seven games pitching for the Giants their staff had compiled a 4-4 record with a 5.07 ERA and have already given up 10 jacks. The Giants have yet to have a starter make it through five innings after eight games. It's the longest streak to start a season in Major League Baseball history, according to STATS.
"Drew Smyly is probably going to start, but I'm not going to announce him," Kapler told the media after Friday's win. "I'm just going to say, look, on most nights, when we're not 100 percent sure, we're going to wait to see how a guy wakes up the following day."
The 34-year-old is 3-2 with a 3.59 ERA in 11 lifetime appearances against Texas.
- Giants are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. the AL West.
- Giants are 5-1 in their last 5 interleague games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Jordan Lyles has something to prove and he will be motivated to show is organization why they paid him $16 million dollars. Jordan had a phenomenal end to the season with Brewers last year, and I expect him to pick up right where he left off against the Giants. Texas pitching has been far more superior than San Fran thus far this season, so even if Lyles doesn't go deep in the game, the Rangers have the bullpen to keep the Giants off the scoreboard despite getting tagged a little yesterday. Investing into the Rangers on Saturday evening on the road is an easy decision for me in this match up.
Prediction: Texas Rangers (-125)
Full-Game Total Pick
Both of these teams have not put up fabulous numbers in regards to runs crossing the plate even though the Giants put up nine runs yesterday, and with Jordan Lyles and Drew Smyly on the mound I expect runs to be hard to come by. Most of my followers know I love playing Overs, but with the Bay Area marine layer in the evening and a decent pitching match-up I'm going to have to lay the money on the under.
Prediction: Under 8.5