Monday’s MLB slate will be one of the largest of the year. Seventeen games are set to take place between 2:20 p.m. ET and 10:10 p.m. ET. Four teams will take part in doubleheaders. We’ve identified a couple of interesting pitching battles to keep an eye on ahead of the action.
Jacob deGrom vs. Johan Oviedo
Update: deGrom has been scratched from tonight’s start with a side issue. Miguel Castro will start.
The New York Mets’ deGrom is playing like the best pitcher in baseball and is well on his way to a third National League Cy Young award. The 32-year-old right-hander entered Monday ranked third in strikeouts (59). He boasts a .57 WHIP and .51 ERA. Ovieda is usually a reliever but will draw a rare start on Tuesday for the Saint Louis Cardinals. The 23-year-old has a .93 WHIP and has given up three earned runs in 9 2⁄3 innings.
Sleeper matchup: Alex Wood vs. German Marquez
The San Francisco Giants’ Wood is having a career year in his age-30 season. The lefty is a perfect 3-0 in three starts with a .67 WHIP and 1.50 ERA. He’s given up just three runs in 18 innings. His BABIP is .200 and his LOB percentage is 84.9%. Marquez was supposed to start for the Colorado Rockies on Monday, but that was postponed because of inclement weather. The 26-year-old right-hander hasn't quite figured things out this season, but his BABIP (.295) is solid. The 2018 Silver Slugger recipient can be exciting and rack up Ks when he gets on a roll.
Here’s a look at the pitching matchups for Tuesday’s 15-game MLB slate on May 4th.
Diamondbacks vs. Marlins: Riley Smith vs. Sandy Alcantara
White Sox vs. Reds: Dylan Cease vs. Jeff Hoffman
Astros vs. Yankees: Zack Greinke vs. Domingo German
Braves vs. Nationals: Huascar Ynoa vs. Joe Ross
Brewers vs. Phillies: Eric Lauer vs. Aaron Nola
Tigers vs. Red Sox: Michael Fulmer vs. Nick Pivetta
Dodgers vs. Cubs: Clayton Kershaw vs. Adbert Alzolay
Rangers vs. Twins: Kyle Gibson vs. JA Happ
Mets vs. Cardinals: Miguel Castro vs. Kwang Hyun Kim
Indians vs. Royals: Sam Hentges vs. Mike Minor
Giants vs. Rockies: Alex Wood vs. German Marquez
Rays vs. Angels: Shane McClanahan vs. Jose Quintana
Dodgers vs. Cubs (Game 2): Trevor Bauer vs. Keegan Thompson
Blue Jays vs. Athletics: Anthony Kay vs. Cole Irvin
Orioles vs. Mariners: Jorge Lopez vs. Justin Dunn
Pirates vs. Padres: Mitch Keller vs. Ryan Weathers