We have a loaded 15-game slate Sunday in MLB, with the first games starting at 1:05 p.m. ET between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. We are going to look at the best pitching matchup and the sleeper pitching matchup that could turn out to be a pitchers’ duel.
Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Sunday’s 15-game MLB slate on May 16th.
Best Matchup: Kyle Gibson vs. Lance McCullers Jr.
There will be several quality starting pitchers on the mound Sunday across the majors. John Means, Marcus Stroman, Dylan Cease, Chris Bassitt, Shane Bieber will all try to get wins. But the best matchup to wrap-up the weekend will be taking place between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros.
Kyle Gibson will be on the mound for the Rangers, who will be opposed by Lance McCullers Jr. for the Astros. The 33-year-old Gibson has a perfect record of 3-0 with an ERA of 2.28. He also has 41 strikeouts in 47.1 IP. In his last start against the San Francisco Giants, the veteran pitcher only allowed 4 hits (1 HR), 2 walks, 1 earned run, and struck out 6 hitters in 6.0 IP. As for McCullers, he has a record of 3-1 and an ERA of 3.10 through seven starts. In his last start against the Los Angeles Angels, McCullers was stellar on the mound. He only gave up 3 hits (1 HR), 2 walks, 1 earned run, and struck out 9 hitters in 8.0 IP.
Sleeper Matchup: Huascar Ynoa vs. Freddy Peralta
Aforementioned, there’s a couple of good sleeper matchups that could swing a particular game in a certain direction. However, we are going to look at Huascar Ynoa of the Atlanta Braves and Freddy Peralta of the Milwaukee Brewers. Both pitchers have ERAs under 3.00, which means we could be in store for a pitchers’ duel.
Ynoa has a record of 4-1 with an ERA of 2.23 through seven starts this season. He also has 44 strikeouts in 40.1 IP. In his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies, Ynoa allowed 4 hits (1 HR), 1 earned run, 1 walk, and struck out 6 hitters in 6.0 IP. As for Peralta, he has taken a hold of the starting role after winning the job out of Spring Training. The 24-year-old has a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 2.77 through several starts this season. He has been a strikeout machine this season in the Brewers’ starting rotation, producing 61 Ks in only 39.0 IP.
Yankees vs. Orioles: Jordan Montgomery vs. John Means
Giants vs. Pirates: Alex Wood vs. JT Brubaker
Phillies vs. Blue Jays: Chase Anderson vs. Robbie Ray
Angels vs. Red Sox: Jose Quintana vs. Nathan Eovaldi
Cubs vs. Tigers: Kyle Hendricks vs. Matthew Boyd
Mets vs. Rays: Marcus Stroman vs. Ryan Yarbrough
Braves vs. Brewers: Huascar Ynoa vs. Freddy Peralta
Royals vs. White Sox: Brady Singer vs. Dylan Cease
Athletics vs. Twins: Chris Bassitt vs. Kenta Maeda
Rangers vs. Astros: Kyle Gibson vs. Lance McCullers Jr.
Reds vs. Rockies: Jeff Hoffman vs. Antonio Senzatela
Indians vs. Mariners: Shane Bieber vs. TBD
Marlins vs. Dodgers: Pablo Lopez vs. Walker Buehler
Nationals vs. Diamondbacks: Erick Fedde vs. Madison Bumgarner
Cardinals vs. Padres: Kwang Hyun Kim vs. Ryan Weathers