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Pitching matchups for Friday’s MLB games

We take a look at the pitching matchups for each MLB game on the slate for Friday, May 28th.

Yu Darvish #11 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Petco Park on May 23, 2021 in San Diego, California.      Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Friday’s MLB slate has some tantalizing pitching matchups headlined by ace Gerrit Cole taking the mound for the Yankees and Padres, respectively. Shohei Ohtani will pitch for the Angels after a mishap with BART resulted in delays and prevented him from getting the right preparation in, according to SCNG’s Joe Fletcher.

Best matchup: Shohei Ohtani vs. Sean Manaea

The Angels are one of the best hitting teams in MLB with the sixth-best team average at .251, while the Athletics have the third-most home runs in baseball up to this point. Ohtani will have an extra day’s rest and will look to continue to add to his dominant season. Manaea has been below expectations this season, but will look to build on two recent outings where he gave up only four combined earned runs.

Sleeper matchup: Johan Oviedo vs. Madison Bumgarner

Both pitchers have poor ERAs this season with Oviedo at 5.74 and Bumgarner at 4.53, but they’ll be going against lineups struggling this season. The Cardinals and Diamondbacks are each averaging .232 as a team this season, meaning Oviedo and Bumgarner have a chance to significantly improve their numbers in this matchup.

Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Friday’s 14-game MLB slate on May 28th.

Reds vs. Cubs: Vladimir Gutierrez vs. Adbert Alzolay
Rockies vs. Pirates: Jon Gray vs. Mitch Keller
Brewers vs. Nationals: Brett Anderson vs. Jon Lester
Braves vs. Mets: Ian Anderson vs. Taijuan Walker
Marlins vs. Red Sox: Cody Poteet vs. Martin Perez
Yankees vs. Tigers: Gerrit Cole vs. Casey Mize
Blue Jays vs. Indians: Hyun Jin Ryu vs. Eli Morgan
Orioles vs. White Sox: Matt Harvey vs. Dallas Keuchel
Royals vs. Twins: Kris Bubic vs. Randy Dobnak
Padres vs. Astros: Dinelson Lamet vs. Framber Valdez
Angels vs. Athletics: Shohei Ohtani vs. Sean Manaea
Cardinals vs. Diamondbacks: Johan Oviedo vs. Madison Bumgarner
Giants vs. Dodgers: Anthony DeScalafani vs. Walker Buehler
Rangers vs. Mariners: Jordan Lyles vs. Justus Sheffield