There will be 14 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, only a couple of the league’s superstars are among them. We’ve identified a couple of fun matchup worth keeping an eye on ahead of the action.
Best Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Trevor Cahill
Cahill has floated around the MLB for years and struggled a ton in his first outing with the Pittsburgh Pirates this season. In his lone appearance of the season, Cahill threw four innings and gave up seven earned runs — though that’s a deviation from the norm from him. It’s highly unlikely he’ll have a similarly catastrophic stat line, even though he is facing the San Diego Padres.
Darvish has been decent through two starts with an ERA of 4.22 with 13 Ks over 10.2 innings pitched. But he hasn’t flipped the switch to be the dominant pitcher we know he has been in the past. Darvish will probably be able to get that done against a Pittsburgh team that is unable to produce runs on a consistent basis.
Sleeper Matchup: Shane Bieber vs. Carlos Rodon
Update: White Sox SP Carlos Rodon (illness) has been scratched from today’s start vs. the Indians.
We all know what Bieber is capable of after winning the AL Cy Young last season with the Cleveland Indians, so he’s not the reason this would be considered a sleeper. Though it’s good to note his 24 strikeouts through two games, which is extremely impressive. The game is actually intriguing because of Rodon and the Chicago White Sox.
Rodon has the potential for a great outing, even against a Cleveland lineup that averages close to five runs per game. In his lone start of the season, Rodon threw five innings and gave up two hits and zero runs. If he can show a similar performance Monday night he’s worth taking a serious look at down the line for fantasy teams.
Update: Today’s game between the Red Sox and Twins has been postponed. The Twins announced it is not weather related.
Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Monday’s MLB slate on April, 12.
Red Sox vs. Twins : Martin Perez vs. J.A. Happ
Padres vs. Pirates: Yu Darvish vs. Trevor Cahill
Mariners vs. Orioles: Justus Sheffield vs. Dean Kremer
Yankees vs. Blue Jays: Gerrit Cole vs. Robbie Ray
Phillies vs. Mets: Chase Anderson vs. David Peterson
Rangers vs. Rays: Dane Dunning vs. Tyler Glasnow
Marlins vs. Braves: Sandy Alcantara vs. Huascar Ynoa
Cubs vs. Brewers: Adbert Alzolay vs. Freddy Peralta
Nationals vs. Cardinals: Stephen Strasburg vs. John Gant
Angels vs. Royals: Alex Cobb vs. Brady Singer
Indians vs. White Sox: Shane Bieber vs. Dallas Keuchel
Tigers vs. Astros: Casey Mize vs. Zack Greinke
Athletics vs. Diamondbacks: Chris Bassitt vs. Madison Bumgarner
Reds vs. Giants: Wade Miley vs. Aaron Sanchez