Eleven games will be featured in Monday’s MLB slate. First pitch times will range from 1:10 p.m. ET to 10:10 p.m. ET, and there are a few interesting pitching battles worth keeping an eye on. Here are a pair of matchups you should consider watching to kick off a new week of baseball.
Best matchup: Shohei Ohtani vs. Jordan Lyles
The Texas Rangers’ Lyles might not be anything special this year, but plenty will want to tune in and see Ohtani make his third start for the Los Angeles Angels this year. While Ohtani did walk six batters in four innings the last time he started, he’s only up three hits and one earned run in 8 2⁄3 innings. He’s struck out 14 batters so far in 2021 and his starts are amplified by his ability to electrify fans with his bat.
Sleeper matchup: Deivi Garcia vs. Matt Harvey
The New York Yankees are looking for a spark on the mound and have called up 21-year-old Garcia to provide it. The young right-hander will be a part of New York’s six-man rotation. The Yankees are even with the Baltimore Orioles at 9-12 and have a chance to move out of the last spot in the American League East with a win. They just have to squeak by Matt Harvey. Garcia boasted an impressive 1.19 WHIP in 2020 and went 3-2 in six outings.
Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Monday’s 11-game MLB slate on April 26th.
Royals vs. Tigers: Danny Duffy vs. Spencer Turnbull
Twins vs. Indians: Jose Berrios vs. Zach Plesac
Cubs vs. Braves: Zach Davies vs. Charlie Morton
Yankees vs. Orioles: Deivi Garcia vs. Matt Harvey
Athletics vs. Rays: Sean Manaea vs. Rich Hill
Marlins vs. Brewers: Trevor Rogers vs. Corbin Burnes
Phillies vs. Cardinals: Zack Wheeler vs. Adam Wainwright
Angels vs. Rangers: Shohei Ohtani vs. Jordan Lyles
Mariners vs. Astros: Justus Sheffield vs. Jose Urquidy
Rockies vs. Giants: Austin Gomber vs. Anthony DeSclafani
Reds vs. Dodgers: Tyler Mahle vs. Julio Urias