We have a jam-packed 15 games MLB schedule on Saturday, with the first game beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET between the Miami Marlins and New York Mets. Ace Jacob deGrom will be making his second start of the season after not qualifying for a win last week against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Along with deGrom, former Mets pitcher Steven Matz will be trying to carry the momentum from his dominant first start over into Saturday night’s game against the Angels. We are going to look at the best pitching matchup and the sleeper pitching matchup that could turn out to be a pitcher’s duel.
Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Saturday’s 15-game MLB slate on April 10th.
Best Matchup: Trevor Rogers vs. Jacob deGrom
Anytime deGrom is on the mound for the Mets, it is must see television. When the veteran pitcher is locked in, no one can touch him. In his first start last week, deGrom only allowed three hits and two walks, while striking out seven in 6.0 IP against the Phillies. The two-time Cy Young winner could’ve probably one or two more innings, if he wasn’t on a pitch count.
It is safe to say that manager Luis Rojas will not have deGrom on a pitch count on Saturday afternoon. Last season against the Miami, deGrom had a record of 1-1 and 1.50 ERA in four games. He also produced 36 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched (13.5 K/9). In 26 career games against Miami, the 32-year-old pitcher has a record of 10-8, ERA of 3.00, and K/9 of 11.3.
Sleeper Matchup: Yusei Kikuchi vs. Michael Pineda
Chris Paddack vs. Jordan Lyles would be an obvious and fun sleeper matchup. But we are going to the American League and check out the Seattle Mariners-Minnesota Twins game, which is scheduled to begin at 2:10 p.m. ET. On the mound for the Mariners will be Yusei Kikuchi, while he will be opposed by Michael Pineda for the Twins.
The Mariners third-year starter will be making his second start of the season. Last week against the San Francisco Giants, Kikuchi allowed three runs, six hits, a walk, while striking out 10 in six innings pitched. Last season, the 29-year-old pitcher had a record of 2-4 and ERA of 5.17 in nine starts. Meanwhile, Pineda only allowed four hits, two walks, one run, while striking out five in his start last week. In 2020, the former New York Yankees pitcher had one of his better seasons with a record of 2-2 and ERA of 3.38.
Marlins vs. Mets: Trevor Rogers vs. Jacob deGrom
Yankees vs. Rays: Domingo German vs. Chris Archer
Royals vs. White Sox: Mike Minor vs. Dylan Cease
Mariners vs. Twins: Yusei Kikuchi vs. Michael Pineda
Brewers vs. Cardinals: Adrian Houser vs. Carlos Martinez
Rockies vs. Giants: Chi Chi Gonzalez vs. Logan Webb
Athletics vs. Astros: Frankie Montas vs. Jose Urquidy
Tigers vs. Indians: Tarik Skubal vs. Aaron Civale
Cubs vs. Pirates: Zach Davies vs. Mitch Keller
Red Sox vs. Orioles: Garrett Richards vs. Bruce Zimmermann
Padres vs. Rangers: Chris Paddack vs. Jordan Lyles
Angels vs. Blue Jays: Jose Quintana vs. Steven Matz
Phillies vs. Braves: Zach Eflin vs. Ian Anderson
Reds vs. Diamondbacks: Jeff Hoffman vs. TBD
Nationals vs. Dodgers: TBD vs. Julio Urias