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Braves @ Cubs
At Wrigley Field
TV: Bally Sports Southeast, Marquee Sports Network, MLBN (out-of-market only)
LHP
0-0, 5.73 ERA, 11 SO
Smyly has been pleased with how he has thrown in his first two starts. But while averaging a strikeout per inning, the lefty has allowed three home runs and surrendered a 61% hard-hit rate. His curveball could give fits to a struggling offense.
TBD
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Cardinals @ Phillies
At Citizens Bank Park
TV: Bally Sports Midwest, NBCSP+
RHP
0-2, 6.30 ERA, 5 SO
Two turns through the rotation, no Cardinals starter was more reliable than Martínez by durability standards as he was the only one to pitch at least five innings each start. Not the highest bar, but the right-hander will look to build off allowing three runs over five frames last outing.
RHP
0-0, 3.46 ERA, 10 SO
Following a rainout in the series finale against the Mets on Thursday, Zach Eflin will instead take the bump Friday when the Phillies host the Cardinals. Eflin has made just one career regular-season start against St. Louis, when he pitched 4 2/3 innings in a 7-6 Phils win on May 19, 2018.
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Rays @ Yankees
At Yankee Stadium
TV: Bally Sports Sun, YES, MLBN (out-of-market only)
RHP
0-1, 7.00 ERA, 11 SO
Wacha returns to a starting role after pitching behind opener Brent Honeywell Jr. last time out vs. the Yankees. Wacha gave up three runs in four innings, with all three coming in his first frame. He retired the final nine hitters he faced in order.
TBD
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D-backs @ Nationals
At Nationals Park
TV: MASN, Bally Sports Arizona
RHP
1-0, 2.45 ERA, 8 SO
Widener was dominant in his first start of the year against the Padres and pitched fairly well in a no-decision against the Reds in his last start. Widener was slated to open the season in the bullpen before Zac Gallen got hurt.
RHP
0-1, 3.75 ERA, 14 SO
Scherzer began his career in Arizona, where he played from 2008-09. Since then, he is 7-0 with a 2.85 ERA in nine starts against the D-backs. In those starts, his teams have gone 8-1.
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Indians @ Reds
At Great American Ball Park
TV: Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports Great Lakes
LHP
1-1, 2.70 ERA, 8 SO
Allen will try to settle in a little earlier on Friday against the Reds. Though he's only given up three runs in 10 frames (two starts) this year, he’s run into most of his trouble in the first two innings.
RHP
1-1, 3.86 ERA, 8 SO
This will be the first time that Hoffman has ever faced Cleveland. He lasted 4 1/3 innings in his previous start Saturday at Arizona and took the loss when he gave up three earned runs and six hits.
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White Sox @ Red Sox
At Fenway Park
TV: NBCSCH, NESN, MLBN (out-of-market only)
RHP
0-0, 3.86 ERA, 9 SO
Cease has made two starts and thrown exactly 4 2/3 innings in each one. He has allowed four runs while striking out nine, though he has walked six and thrown 182 pitches between those two outings.
RHP
2-0, 3.27 ERA, 11 SO
By winning his last start, Pivetta became the first Red Sox starter since Tim Wakefield in 1995 to win his first four starts with the club. Pivetta pitched well against the White Sox in two relief appearances in 2019, but this will be his first career start against them.
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Giants @ Marlins
At loanDepot park
TV: Bally Sports Florida, NBCS BA
RHP
1-0, 0.82 ERA, 12 SO
DeSclafani debuted with the Marlins in 2014, but he was sent to the Reds as part of the Mat Latos trade the following offseason. DeSclafani is 2-2 with a 3.04 ERA in four career starts against his former club.
LHP
0-0, -.-- ERA, 0 SO
With Elieser Hernandez and top prospect Sixto Sánchez sidelined, Castano slides into the rotation. The rookie lefty compiled a 3.86 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in six starts in 2020. He recorded one quality start.
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Orioles @ Rangers
At Globe Life Field
TV: MASN 2, Bally Sports Southwest
RHP
0-2, 11.42 ERA, 9 SO
In López's last start, vs. the Red Sox, he was hurt by two home runs, and he struggled with walks in the prior outing (April 5). All told, the righty has allowed 11 runs over his first two starts, striking out nine.
RHP
0-2, 4.09 ERA, 10 SO
Foltynewicz is searching for his first win with the Rangers, despite limiting the Padres to one run and two hits over seven innings on Sunday.
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Blue Jays @ Royals
At Kauffman Stadium
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City, SNET
LHP
2-0, 1.46 ERA, 13 SO
It's difficult to overstate Matz's value to the Blue Jays, given how well he has pitched while the rotation deals with injuries. The lefty has gone at least six innings in each win and has looked aggressive with 13 strikeouts over 12 1/3 innings.
LHP
1-0, 4.50 ERA, 9 SO
Mike Minor (1-0) is looking to pitch deeper into his next start after he went four innings in his last outing, when he allowed one earned run, struck out three and walked three against the Chicago White Sox. In two starts this season, the southpaw has a 1.30 WHIP.
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Pirates @ Brewers
At American Family Field
TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin, ATT SportsNet-PIT
RHP
1-0, 1.93 ERA, 10 SO
Brubaker has been an effective starter for Pittsburgh. Despite four walks in his 2021 debut, he allowed only one run in four innings to the Reds on April 5. Then he tied the team's high in innings, throwing 5 1/3 with only one run on his line on Sunday vs. the Cubs.
RHP
1-1, 1.80 ERA, 7 SO
Houser made strides from start No. 1 against the Cubs to start No. 2 against the Cardinals, holding St. Louis to one unearned run over five innings last week. Twelve of the 18 balls in play against him were on the ground.
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Mets @ Rockies
At Coors Field
TV: ATT SportsNet-RM, SNY
RHP
0-1, 0.64 ERA, 21 SO
deGrom's start was pushed back one day due to rain, meaning he'll now have an extra day of rest between starts. That hasn't historically affected deGrom, who's been equally effective with four and five days' rest.
RHP
1-0, 3.60 ERA, 5 SO
On Saturday against the Giants in his first 2021 start, González gave up one run in five innings. He had a lot of baserunners -- four hits and three walks. However, his ability to get grounder can mitigate traffic.
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Twins @ Angels
At Angel Stadium
TV: Bally Sports West, Bally Sports North+
LHP
0-0, -.-- ERA, 0 SO
Thorpe will be called up for his first start of the season following an offseason of intense work to add strength. That was evident in his increased fastball velocity during Spring Training, and he'll hope to turn around his career 6.14 ERA.
LHP
1-1, 7.00 ERA, 13 SO
Heaney bounced back from a rough season debut to throw six scoreless innings against the Blue Jays on Friday. He scattered three hits and two walks, while striking out nine.
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Tigers @ Athletics
At Oakland Coliseum
TV: Bally Sports Detroit+, NBCSCA+
RHP
0-2, 8.22 ERA, 9 SO
Ureña has as many walks as strikeouts -- nine each -- over 7 2/3 innings through two starts to go with a career-high 47 percent hard-hit rate, putting his rotation spot in potential danger as Spencer Turnbull nears a return from the injured list.
RHP
1-1, 8.31 ERA, 9 SO
Montas earned a win in Houston on Saturday, the first of the season for the A's rotation. He'll be eager to do more, though, given that he has posted an 8.31 ERA and 1.96 WHIP through two starts.
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Dodgers @ Padres
At Petco Park
TV: Bally Sports San Diego, SportsNet LA, SNLA Deportes, Bally Deportes San Diego, MLBN (out-of-market only)
RHP
1-0, 1.50 ERA, 8 SO
Buehler will be making his third start of the season. This time on six days' rest. Buehler allowed three runs on five hits over five innings in his lone regular-season start against the Padres last season.
LHP
1-0, 1.50 ERA, 7 SO
The rookie is scheduled to make his first career start, and it will come against the defending World Series champions. The 21-year-old left-hander made his MLB debut last season with San Diego, appearing in three games and giving up one run in six innings.
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Astros @ Mariners
At T-Mobile Park
TV: ATT SportsNet-SW+, ROOTNW, MLBN (out-of-market only)
RHP
0-1, 5.23 ERA, 12 SO
Urquidy threw 101 pitches in his first start of the season April 4 against Oakland but lasted only 4 1/3 innings. He worked six innings Saturday, also against the A's, giving up four runs and seven hits while taking a loss.
LHP
0-0, 3.75 ERA, 16 SO
Yusei Kikuchi is looking for his first career quality outing against the Astros, who have dominated the southpaw since he debuted in 2019. In five career starts against Houston, Kikuchi has a 6.46 ERA across 23 2/3 innings.
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