We have a full 15-game slate in the majors on Saturday, with the first game beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. We are going to look at the best pitching matchup and the sleeper matchup that could turn out to be a pitchers’ duel.
Best Matchup: Anthony DeSclafani vs. Blake Snell
The best pitching matchup on Saturday is one of the last games on the schedule with the San Francisco Giants taking on the San Diego Padres at 10:10 p.m. ET. Anthony DeSclafani will be on the mound for the Giants, who will be opposed by Blake Snell for the Padres. It may come as a surprise to hear this, but Snell does not have a yet for San Diego. The former AL Cy Young winner is still winless through five starts, but has a 3.92 ERA. In his last start against the Dodgers, then 28-year-old pitcher allowed seven hits, two earned runs, two walks, and struck out nine for the second-straight game in 5.1 IP.
As for DeSclafani, the veteran pitcher is looking to ride the momentum from his last start against the Colorado Rockies. The 31-year-old threw a complete game shutout, allowed three hits and two walks and struck out a season-high nine batters. This season, DeSclafani has a record of 2-0 and an ERA of 1.50 in five starts.
Sleeper Matchup: Triston McKenzie vs. Lance Lynn
For our sleeper matchup on Saturday, we are going back to the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox. We highlighted these two division rivals on Friday for our best matchup with Shane Bieber facing off against Dallas Keuchel. Triston McKenzie will be on the mound for the Indians, while the White Sox will start veteran Lance Lynn.
The 23-year-old McKenzie has not registered a win yet through four starts, but has a 4.32 ERA. In his last start against the New York Yankees, McKenzie got rocked in only four innings of work. He allowed four hits, four walks, three earned runs (two home runs), and struck out five. McKenzie has given up a home run in three-straight starts.
Meanwhile for Lynn, he has a record of 1-1 with an outstanding ERA of 0.92 through three starts. The 33-year-old pitcher suffered his first loss of the season to the Indians on April 15, where he allowed five hits, two earned runs (one home run) and struck 10 in 6.0 IP. It was his second-straight double-digit strikeout performance.
Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Saturday’s 15-game MLB slate on May 1st.
Tigers vs. Yankees: Spencer Turnbull vs. Jameson Taillon
Marlins vs. Nationals: Paul Campbell vs. Patrick Corbin
Royals vs. Twins: Danny Duffy vs. Matt Shoemaker
Indians vs. White Sox: Triston McKenzie vs. Lance Lynn
Orioles vs. Athletics: Matt Harvey vs. Jesus Luzardo
Cubs vs. Reds: Zach Davies vs. Luis Castillo
Astros vs. Rays: Jose Urquidy vs. Rich Hill
Mets vs. Phillies: Taijuan Walker vs. Zack Wheeler
Cardinals vs. Pirates: Jack Flaherty vs. Trevor Cahill
Red Sox vs. Rangers: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Jordan Lyles
Braves vs. Blue Jays: Charlie Morton vs. TBD
Dodgers vs. Brewers: Dustin May vs. Brandon Woodruff
Rockies vs. Diamondbacks: Austin Gomber vs. Zac Gallen
Giants vs. Padres: Anthony DeSclafani vs. Blake Snell
Angels vs. Mariners: Griffin Canning vs. Ljay Newsome