We head into the third weekend of the 2021 MLB season with a ton of great pitching matchups for Friday. Because the Phillies-Mets game got rained out on Thursday, New York ace Jacob deGrom has been pushed up to the Friday night slate against the Colorado Rockies. We’ll see if deGrom can stay stellar in the confines of Coors Field and the high-altitude launching pad.
Another ace is also in action for the Washington Nationals and that’s Max Scherzer, who was slightly better in his second start despite taking the loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Scherzer has a 3.75 ERA and 14 Ks over 12 IP in two starts. The D-Backs bats got hot last night and tore up Patrick Corbin. We’ll see if Scherz can fare a bit better than his teammate.
Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Friday’s 15-game MLB slate on April 16th.
Update: Drew Smyly has been scratched from today’s start due to a forearm injury and has been placed on the 10-day IL for the Braves.
Update: The game between the Mets and Rockies has been postponed due to weather at Coors Field. The Red Sox-White Sox game has also been postponed due to weather. The Blue Jays-Royals game has been postponed due to weather.
Braves vs. Cubs: Kyle Wright vs. Zach Davies
Diamondbacks vs. Nationals: Taylor Widener vs. Max Scherzer
Cardinals vs. Phillies: Carlos Martinez vs. Zach Eflin
Rays vs. Yankees: Michael Wacha vs. TBD
White Sox vs. Red Sox : Dylan Cease vs. Nick Pivetta
Indians vs. Reds: Logan Allen vs. Jeff Hoffman
Giants vs. Marlins: Anthony DeSclafani vs. Daniel Castano
Orioles vs. Rangers: Jorge Lopez vs. Mike Foltynewicz
Pirates vs. Brewers: JT Brubaker vs. Adrian Houser
Blue Jays vs. Royals : Steven Matz vs. Mike Minor Mets vs. Rockies : Jacob deGrom vs. Chi Chi Gonzalez
Twins vs. Angels: Lewis Thorpe vs. Andrew Heaney
Tigers vs. Athletics: Jose Urena vs. Frankie Montas
Astros vs. Mariners: Jose Urquidy vs. Yusei Kikuchi
Dodgers vs. Padres: Walker Buehler vs. Ryan Weathers