We have a 13-game slate Thursday, with the first game starting at 12:10 p.m. ET between the Colorado Rockies and New York Mets. We are going to look at the best pitching matchup and the sleeper pitching matchup that could turn out to be a pitchers’ duel.
Best Matchup: Shane Bieber vs. Matthew Boyd
With it being a Thursday in the majors, there aren't a lot of great pitching matchups or aces on the mound. But we do get one good starting pitcher duel between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers at 1:10 p.m. ET. Shane Bieber, who won the AL Cy Young last season will be on the mound for the Indians, while the Tigers will run out Matthew Boyd. Between the two pitchers, Bieber is the supremely better option and should be in the running for another AL Cy Young award.
This season, Bieber has a record of 4-3, 3.32 ERA, and 98 strikeouts through 10 starts. The 25-year-old pitcher is 3-2 with a 3.40 ERA in six road starts. As for Boyd, he’s trying to get back to .500 with a record of 2-5 and 3.08 ERA through nine starts. The southpaw has only gave up two HRs this season, which is good news for Tigers fans.
Sleeper Matchup: Brady Singer vs. Shane McClanahan
We get a tremendous sleeper matchups between two rookies pitchers in Brady Singer and Shane McClanahan. Singer will have the tall task of trying to slow down one of the hottest teams in the Tampa Bay Rays, who are in first place in the AL East. This season, the 24-year-old has a record of 2-3 with an ERA of 4.00 in nine starts. Meanwhile, the flame throwing rookie McClanahan will try to notch his second win on the year. In his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays, the 24-year-old only allowed 4 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, but still put up 4 strikeouts in 5.0 IP.
Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Thursday’s 13-game MLB slate on May 27th.
Rockies vs. Mets: Antonio Senzatela vs. TBD
Phillies vs. Marlins: Spencer Howard vs. Pablo Lopez
Cubs vs. Pirates: Kyle Hendricks vs. Tyler Anderson
Indians vs. Tigers: Shane Bieber vs. Matthew Boyd
Padres vs. Brewers: Ryan Weathers vs. Brett Anderson
Royals vs. Rays: Brady Singer vs. Shane McClanahan
Reds vs. Nationals: Sonny Gray vs. Stephen Strasburg
Blue Jays vs. Yankees: Robbie Ray vs. Domingo German
Blue Jays vs. Yankees, Game 2: Alex Manoah vs. Jordan Montgomery
Orioles vs. White Sox: Bruce Zimmermann vs. Dylan Cease
Angels vs. Athletics: Alex Cobb vs. Chris Bassitt
Cardinals vs. Diamondbacks: Carlos Martinez vs. Seth Frankoff
Giants vs. Dodgers: Alex Wood vs. TBD
Rangers vs. Mariners: Kyle Gibson vs. Chris Flexen