The Week’s Best Pitching Matchups for April 8-14
Major League Baseball’s 2019 season continues this week. Several teams stand out as the leader of the pack. while others may be performing below expectations. The week promises a series of competitive pitching matchups from April 8-14.
Some matchups are between strong teams that will showcase intense technical skill. Others are close matches between statistical equals. Yet, they all have one thing in common – they promise to be entertaining.
Read on for more about these MLB pitching matchups and odds for April 8-14 weeks.
Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays) vs.Carlos Rodon (Chicago White Sox)
When: Tuesday, April 8, 2019, 2:10 PM EST
On paper, White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon appears to have a slight advantage, as he has a better ERA than Blake Snell. Yet, the Rays’ performance as a team suggests that other factors may be at play. Furthermore, Snell won last year’s Cy Young award – a fact that may turn the tide in his favor.
Jonathan Loaisiga (New York Yankees) vs. Gerrit Cole (Houston Astros)
When: Tuesday, April 8, 2019 8: 00 PM EST
As a consistently top-performing team, it’s rare to see the Yankees fail to make a list. This list is no exception, and they face the Astros in a three-game series this week. In one of the pitching matchups in that MLB series, Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga will face Astros righty Gerrit Cole in Game 1. Both pitchers hold similar sub-4.00 ERAs.
Frankie Montas (Oakland Athletics) vs. Alex Cobb (Baltimore Orioles)
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 7:05 PM EST
The Athletics are known for their hitting, but in their upcoming game against Baltimore, the focus will be on their pitching. Oakland’s Frankie Montas will go head-to-head with Orioles pitcher Alex Cobb on Wednesday. Montas picked up a loss in his last start, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in five innings of a 3-2 loss to the Astros. It was still an admirable performance for the 26-year-old Montas, given the quality of the opponent.
Cobb, meanwhile, is looking for his first win of the season after falling to the Yankees last week in his season debut. The MLB betting line for this game should be interesting.
Jason Vargas (New York Mets) vs. Julio Teheran (Atlanta Braves)
When: Saturday, April 13,7:20 PM EST
The Mets top the standings for the National League East. At 6-2, as of this writing, and they’re exceeding expectations early. This coming Saturday, among the mound duels will be between Jason Vargas as the Mets starter and Julio Teheran of the Braves. Interestingly, Vargas and Teheran share an ERA of 3.60. MLB pitching matchups and odds can change at times, so always check the game’s lineup and betting lines regularly.
There are interesting narratives being established this early in the MLB season. For one, the Boston Red Sox seem to be experiencing a World Series hangover, as they have been struggling to win games in the early going of the 2019 MLB campaign.