Thursday’s 12-game MLB slate will begin with a 12:20 p.m. ET matchup and end with 10:10 p.m. matchup between the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners. We’ve looked over the schedule and picked out some of the best pitching battles to watch.
Best matchup: Jack Flaherty vs. Corbin Burnes
The St. Louis Cardinals‘ Flaherty leads MLB in wins and is 6-0 on the season. His BABIP (.240) and WHIP .94 are top-notch, and he’ll be up against one of the best in the game. The Milwaukee Brewers’ Burnes has boasted a .37 ERA through his first four starts but gave up four earned runs against the Miami Marlins his last time out. He’s still averaging 9.8 Ks per start with a ridiculous .55 WHIP. He’s likely to have a bounce-back performance given how he’s pitched so far this year.
Sleeper matchup: Trevor Rogers vs. Merrill Kelly
Rogers was initially scheduled to start on Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but his team opted for a bullpen day. The 23-year-old has 50 strikeouts and has only given up eight earned runs in 38 innings. He’s only given up more than five hits once in seven starts, and his LOB percentage (84.6) is top-notch. Merrill Kelly might not move the needle for most fans, given how he’s played this year, but Rogers is gaining traction as a National League ROY candidate.
Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Thursday’s 12-game MLB slate on Thursday, March 13th.
Blue Jays vs. Braves: Ross Stripling vs. Charlie Morton
Phillies vs. Nationals: Zach Eflin vs. Patrick Corbin
Royals vs. Tigers: Daniel Lynch vs. Spencer Turnbull
Cardinals vs. Brewers: Jack Flaherty vs. Corbin Burnes
Twins vs. White Sox: Michael Pineda vs. Lance Lynn
Giants vs. Pirates: Anthony DeSclafani vs. Wil Crowe
Yankees vs. Rays: Jameson Taillon vs. Rich Hill
A’s vs. Red Sox: Sean Manaea vs. Garrett Richards
Rangers vs. Astros, Mike Foltynewicz vs. Cristian Javier
Reds vs. Rockies: Wade Miley vs. Chi Chi Gonzalez
Marlins vs. D-Backs: Trevor Rogers vs. Merrill Kelly
Indians vs. Mariners: Zach Plesac vs. Logan Gilbert