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Pitching matchups for Sunday’s MLB games

We take a look at the pitching matchups for each MLB game on the slate for Sunday, June 27.

Pitcher Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on June 22, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

We have a full 15-game schedule Sunday in the majors with the first game starting at 1:07 p.m. ET between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays. 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: Max Scherzer vs. Sandy Alcantara

There are not a ton of great pitching matchups Sunday afternoon in the majors, despite Zack Wheeler and Gerrit Cole on the mound for their respective teams. However, there’s one intriguing matchup that could be worth following between the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Max Scherzer will be making his 15th start for the Nationals this season. The veteran pitcher is 6-4 with an ERA of 2.19. Scherzer is coming off a good start against the Phillies, where he only allowed 2 hits (1 HR), 1 earned run, 3 walks, and had 8 strikeouts in 5.0 IP. As for Miami, Sandy Alcantara has been solid with a 4-6 record and 2.93 ERA through 16 starts. The 25-year-old pitcher is playing well at home this season with an ERA of 2.19 and 1-2 record.

Sleeper Matchup: Max Kranick vs. Johan Oviedo

We’ll have the battle of the rookie pitchers when the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals wrap up their series at 2:15 p.m. ET. The Pirates will give the ball to Max Kranick, who is the 26th best prospect in their system, according to MLBPipeline. The 23-year-old spent time in both Double-A and Triple-A this season, producing an ERA of 4.37 in seven starts.

The Cardinals will be giving the ball to Johan Oviedo, who is making his ninth start and 10th appearance this season. The 23-year-old is 0-3 with a 4.62 ERA. But he’s pitching better this month, with an ERA of 3.79 through four starts, which is an improvement from May — 7.84 ERA.

Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Sunday’s 15-game MLB slate on June 27th.

Orioles vs. Blue Jays: Jorge Lopez vs. Ross Stripling
Angels vs. Rays: Patrick Sandoval vs. Ryan Yarbrough
Braves vs. Reds: Kyle Muller vs. Tyler Mahle
Astros vs. Tigers: Jake Odorizzi vs. Tarik Skubal
Yankees vs. Red Sox: Gerrit Cole vs. Eduardo Rodriguez
Phillies vs. Mets: Zack Wheeler vs. Marcus Stroman
Nationals vs. Marlins: Max Scherzer vs. Sandy Alcantara
Indians vs. Twins: Sam Hentges vs. JA Happ
Rockies vs. Brewers: Chi Chi Gonzalez vs. Eric Lauer
Mariners vs. White Sox: Marco Gonzales vs. Dallas Keuchel
Pirates vs. Cardinals: Max Kranick vs. Johan Oviedo
Royals vs. Rangers: Brady Singer vs. Jordan Lyles
Athletics vs. Giants: Cole Irvin vs. Sammy Long
Diamondbacks vs. Padres: Zac Gallen vs. Yu Darvish
Cubs vs. Dodgers: Adbert Alzolay vs. Clayton Kershaw