There will be nine MLB games on Monday, and it’ll be a little harder than usual to find quality pitching matchups. While some exciting arms will take the mound, none of the games’ superstars are among them. We’ve identified a couple of fun matchup worth keeping an eye on ahead of the action.
Best Matchup: Max Scherzer vs. Clayton Kershaw
The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers will both put top-notch arms on the mound for Sunday. Scherzer and Kershaw have won three Cy Young Awards and have enjoyed a ton of success in recent years. Scherzer in’t far removed from being crowned a World Series champ in 2019, while Kershaw is looking to help his team defend its 2020 title. Both veterans are off to slow starts in 2021, but are capable of putting on a show.
Sleeper Matchup: Mike Minor vs. Dylan Cease
Minor was an All-Star in 2019, but 2020 was a struggle. He went just 1-6 last season while splitting time between the Texas Rangers and Oakland A’s. While he got crushed in his debut against the Rangers, he’s capable of bouncing back against a strong lineup. Cease hasn’t lived up to his potential yet and was overshadowed by Angels star Shohei Ohtani in his 2021 debut, but showed significant improvement from 2019 last season. Los Angeles is top five in hits and runs, so getting a break might be a much less-productive lineup could yield more ideal results for Cease.
Note: Today’s game between the Angels and Blue Jays has been postponed due to rain. The game between the Mets and Marlins was suspended in the first inning due to thunderstorms.
Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Sunday’s 14-game MLB slate on April 11th.
Red Sox vs. Orioles: Nick Pivetta vs. Jorge Lopez
Cubs vs. Pirates: Trevor Williams vs. JT Brubaker
Angels vs. Blue Jays : Alex Cobb vs. Tanner Roark
Tigers vs. Indians: Jose Urena vs. Logan Allen
Marlins vs. Mets : John Curtiss vs. Marcus Stoman
Yankees vs. Rays: Jordan Montgomery vs. Michael Wacha
Royals vs. White Sox: Brady Singer vs. Carlos Rodon
Mariners vs. Twins: Chris Flexen vs. Matt Shoemaker
Brewers vs. Cardinals: Brett Anderson sv. Daniel Ponce de Leon
Padres vs. Rangers: Adrian Morejon vs. Mike Foltynewicz
Rockies vs. Giants: German Marquez vs. Anthony DeSclafani
Reds vs. Diamondbacks: Jose De Leon vs. Luke Weaver
Nationals vs. Dodgers: Max Scherzer vs. Dustin May
Rangers vs. Braves: Matt Moore vs. Drew Smyly