Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants Preview and Predictions 08-02-2020
Two pitchers -- one with fond memories of June 2015, the other not so much -- meet for the first time Sunday afternoon when the San Francisco Giants host the Texas Rangers to wrap up a three-game series.
The game pits Giants 35-year-old right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 11.25 ERA), who last pitched against the Rangers on June 2, 2015, against Rangers 22-year-old lefty Kolby Allard (0-0, 0.00), who was still attending San Clemente High near Los Angeles on that day.
Pitching then for the Chicago White Sox, Samardzija became a footnote in history that night more than five years ago when he served up not only Joey Gallo's first major league hit -- a two-run single in the first inning -- but also the slugger's first career home run: a two-run shot two innings later.
The Rangers won the game 15-2. Gallo finished with three hits and four RBIs. The two haven't squared off since.
No doubt, Samardzija remembers the night. He also got nailed for a booming double by the highly regarded prospect, and gushed about him afterward.
"He looked pretty good to me," Samardzija assured reporters. "He definitely likes the ball in. I threw three in there, and he hit every single one of them. He looks like a heck of a player."
Six days later, Allard was drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Braves. He subsequently decommitted from UCLA to sign his first pro contract.
Considered to be a sports fanatic -- he once went trick-or-treating as Johnny Manziel -- Allard played on the same freshman baseball team as New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. They were in the same class at San Clemente, with Darnold going on from there to USC.
Allard has never faced the Giants and will be making his first start of the season.
After beginning the season as a bullpen option, he earned the starting assignment when the Rangers lost Corey Kluber for the season with a shoulder injury.
"Obviously that's like the elephant in the room," Allard responded when asked this week if he felt pressure replacing the staff ace. "But obviously there's no way you can really replace Corey. Corey's Corey."
He went 4-2 with a 4.96 ERA in nine starts for the Rangers last season.
Allard's five career wins are 75 fewer than Samardzija, who has recorded victories over 25 of the majors' 30 teams.
The Rangers aren't on that list, along with the Cubs, Mets, Yankees and Mariners. Samardzija has gone 0-2 against Texas with a 6.30 ERA in three starts.
The Giants will be going for a three-game sweep, having used a powerful offense to produce a 9-2 series-opening win on Friday night, before getting a combined seven-hitter from seven pitchers in a 7-3 victory on Saturday.
The Rangers lost the rematch despite getting a home run from Scott Heineman, whose brother, Tyler, had a double in the game for the Giants.
San Francisco's Donovan Solano has been the big hitter in the series with three hits and four RBIs. He leads the Giants with 13 RBIs in nine games.
--Field Level Media
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Key Players to Watch
San Francisco Giants
- FingerLate Aug | 10-day IL
Smyly is out of commission with a strained left finger, and the team has put him on the 10-day injured list until at least the end of August.
- LegOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Coonrad has been posted on the 10-day injured list due to a right lat strain, and his return is unknown.
- UndisclosedOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Garcia has landed on the 10-day injured list with an unspecified ailment. It will keep him away from the team for an undetermined length of time.
- BackMid Aug | 10-day IL
Sanchez will be on the 10-day injured list until at least the middle of August due to a back injury.
- FingerMid Aug | out
Cahill will be out of commission until at least the middle of August due to a fingernail issue.
- UndisclosedQues Sun | questionable
Hamilton has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to an unknown medical purpose. It remains to be seen if he will come off the shelf against the Rangers on Sunday.
- ObliqueProb Thurs | 10-day IL
Longoria has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a right oblique strain. It is likely that he will be activated prior to Thursday's matchup with the Padres.
- HeelProb Thurs | 10-day IL
Belt has hit the 10-day injured list due to a sore heel, but it is anticipated that he will be activated Thursday versus the Padres.
- ForearmOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Santana is on the 10-day injured list due to right forearm strain. It has yet to be established when he will return to action.
- ShoulderLate Aug | 45-day IL
Leclerc has been moved to the 45-day injured list with a Grade 2 teres major strain in his right shoulder. He is likely to be out of commission for four weeks.
- BackQues Tues | 10-day IL
Rodriguez has been added to the 10-day injured list due to a strained left lat muscle, and it is unknown if he will come off the I-L Tuesday against the Athletics.
- ObliqueQues Tues | questionable
Odor was held out of the last game with right oblique tightness. It is uncertain if he will be available against the Athletics on Tuesday.
- ShoulderLate Aug | 45-day IL
Kluber has been placed on the 45-day injured list after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder. He is expected to miss at least four weeks.
- RestQues Wed | questionable
Santana is not expected to play Wednesday against the Diamondbacks as he is to be rested.
- HamstringProb Tues | probable
Kiner-Falefa has been held out of the past two game with a tight left hamstring, but he is likely to take the field Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
- ElbowOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Montero has been moved to the 10-day injured list due to tendonitis in his right elbow. It is unknown when he will return to the bullpen.
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