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#979 Texas Rangers 8.5 vs.
#980 San Francisco Giants -120
Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 9:10pm EDT
Written by Blake V.

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San Francisco improved to .500 on the season with its 9-2 win against the Texas Rangers on Friday night. The Giants will be looking to hit a 5-4 mark on the year when the two squads face off again on Saturday at Oracle Park.

Rangers hoping for 2019 Lyles

Texas grabbed a 1-0 lead early in Friday’s game, but that evaporated in the bottom of the second inning. The Rangers notched another run in the top of the third to re-take the lead, but it was all San Francisco from there. They only recorded six hits in the contest, as no Texas player got more than one. Left fielder Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo home run and Rougned Odor added a run to compile the Rangers’ pair of runs. Starting pitcher Mike Minor threw 5.2 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. He struck out three batters and walked two.

Right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles will make his first start of the season after being skipped the first time through the rotation. The veteran has been around the block during his career, playing for four different teams during the last four years. He had a very solid season last year with Milwaukee, going 7-1 with a 2.45 ERA in the second half of the year after being traded by Pittsburgh. Lyles came out of the bullpen for Texas against the Diamondbacks on July 28, throwing two scoreless innings. He walked one batter and struck out two.

Giants coming off offensive outburst

San Francisco had a massive offensive stretch between the fifth and seventh innings. The Giants poured in eight runs during their torrent stretch, putting Texas away in the process. Wilmer Flores hit a three-run home run and Darin Ruf drove in three runs in the win. Flores made his first start of the season at first base in place of Brandon Belt, who was out with an Achilles injury. Chadwick Tromp added his first MLB hit and RBI for the Giants. Starting pitcher Logan Webb allowed two runs on four hits in 3.2 innings of work, but the bullpen was razor sharp down the stretch.

Drew Smyly is lined up to start for San Francisco on Saturday. He started against the Dodgers last Sunday, throwing 3.1 innings. His outing consisted of one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out two batters. The southpaw also threw one inning out of the bullpen last Thursday, which was a side session ahead of the start against Los Angeles. Smyly signed a one-year deal with the Giants over the offseason. He posted a 4.45 ERA over 62.2 innings after joining Philadelphia midway through the season last year. His starts were limited in 2017 and 2018 due to injury.

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I’ll take Texas to win this game. The Rangers have the better pitcher on the mound here. Lyles was phenomenal in his starts for Milwaukee in the second half of the season last year. He posted a 2.45 ERA and will be looking to build on that in his first start with Texas. His opponent will be Smyly, who is a bandage-type pitcher for the Giants. He won’t be a long-term option for the club and I do not expect a strong outing from him on Saturday.

Prediction: Texas -105

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The over should be a decent play in this game. Lyles was excellent to close last season, but was the sample size too small? He struggled in the first half of the season before turning it on down the stretch. Now, he has to change teams and it will be interesting to see if he keeps the same form. I expect a good outing, but it is certainly not guarantee. Smyly is a pitcher who might be on the back-end of his career and is liable to give up a crooked number early in the game. Both bullpens were heavily taxed on Friday, so I expect a high-scoring contest in this one.

Prediction: Over 8.5
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.