Where: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
When: Sunday, August 2, 4:05 PM. ET.
The San Francisco Giants will be going for the series win when they take on the Texas Rangers in the final game of their three-game interleague series on Sunday afternoon.
**This preview was written before Saturday’s game was played**
Rangers Need To Improve OffensivelyThe Rangers haven’t played well offensively this season and it has cost the team a few wins. Despite their slow start to the season, they are still only 1.5 games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West standings and can stay in the division race if they start playing better offensively.
Joseph Nicholas Gallo. pic.twitter.com/jI7x6082TA— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 1, 2020
Texas has a .180 batting average, which is 29th in the league. Their .279 on base percentage is 28th, while the 15 runs they have scored is tied for 29th in the league.
Joey Gallo has been the most consistent bat for the Rangers. He leads the team with a .227 batting average, two home runs, and five RBI.
The Rangers pitching has been better than the team’s offense. Opponents have a .212 batting average against the Rangers, which is ninth in the league. Their 1.26 WHIP is 14th, while their 3.57 ERA is ninth.
In his last start, Allard gave up six hits and five earned runs in three innings in his final start of the 2019 campaign. They will need a better start from him if they want to win this game.
Giants Exceeding ExpectationsThe Giants weren’t expected to be very competitive this season after an offseason that saw them lose their ace pitcher and manager. However, they have played better than expected so far, winning four of their first eight games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Rangers on Sunday.
San Francisco has played well offensively, especially in the team’s last three games, scoring 23 total runs in three games. Their .257 batting average is fifth in the league and the 36 runs they have scored are 13th in the league.
Donovan Solano leads the way for the Giants with a .458 batting average and 10 RBI, while Wilmer Flores leads the team with two home runs.
The Giants haven’t been as successful on the mound. Opponents have a .265 batting average against the Giants, which is 27th in the league, and their 5.07 ERA is 21st.
In his last start, Samardzija gave up four hits and five earned runs in four innings, leading to a 5-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. They will need a better performance from him if they want to get past the Rangers.
- 1-5 in their last 6 road games.
- 1-4 in their last 5 interleague games.
San Francisco is:
- 6-1 in their last 7 vs. American League West.
- 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games.
- 8-2 in their last 10 interleague games vs. a team with a losing record.