An interleague battle between two bad teams concludes Thursday, August 20, 2020, when the Los Angeles Angels (8-17) visit the San Francisco Giants (10-16) in the final of their four-game series. The Angels are in fourth place in the AL West, nine games back of first-place Oakland, and San Francisco is in last place in the NL West, eight games back of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. This game will air live on ESPN+ at 9:45 p.m. EST.
The Los Angeles Angels took game one of this series, 7-6, thanks to a Tommy La Stella two-run home run. San Francisco has fought back for two comfortable wins, 8-1 on Tuesday and 7-2 on Wednesday.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants. All odds are from BetMGM.
Odds: Los Angeles Angels (+107) at San Francisco Giants (-117)
Pitching Matchup: Jose Suarez (first appearance) vs Kevin Gausman (0-1, 4.21 ERA, 1.17 WHIP)
Jose Suarez is set to make his first start of 2020 Thursday night. The 22-year-old appeared in 19 games last season and posted a 7.11 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and had a -1.2 WAR.
Kevin Gausman hasn’t been great in 2020, but he has been consistent all season long. Gausman has not given up more than three earned runs in a single start, though he did give up four total runs in one start, but he has only gotten out of the fifth inning in one start. You know what you are going to get out of the veteran righty, so San Francisco can have some comfort with him on the mound.
The Los Angeles Angels finally got Mike Trout some help, but it is not translating to wins on the field. Trout does still lead the Angels in home runs, with 10, and RBI’s, with 20, but third baseman David Fletcher is leading the team with a .304 batting average and 31 hits. New signing, third baseman Anthony Rendon, leads the Angels with a .441 on base percentage.
San Francisco have been relying on two people at the plate as shortstop Donovan Solano leads the team with a .386 batting average and 32 hits. Right fielder Mike Yastrzemski leads San Francisco with six home runs, 19 RBI’s, and a .439 on base percentage.
The Los Angeles Angels will be without shortstop Andrelton Simmons and relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian, both of whom are on the 10-day IL.
San Francisco has three starting pitchers on the 10-day IL, Jeff Samardzija, Sam Coonrod and Drew Smyly, and relief pitcher Reyes Moronta was placed on the 60-day IL on August 14th. Starting pitcher Jordan Humphreys was placed on the restricted list back on August 9th and is currently listed as day-to-day.
Free MLB Picks: I’ll back the San Francisco Giants Thursday night.
2020 Picks Record: 29-16