MLB Opening Day slate to include 8 Cy Young Award winners12:16 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB expert Author of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of one of the most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Eight previous Cy Young Award winners are set up to begin Opening Day next Thursday, consisting of a match in between ruling National League winner Sandy Alcantara and three-time honoree Max Scherzer, whose New York Mets take a trip to deal with the Miami Marlins. Big league Baseball groups revealed their Opening Day beginners Friday as part of an effort by the league to gin up interest in the very first video game of a transformative season in which the video game will consist of a pitch clock. The slate includes a number of top-notch battles– and will consist of two-time winner Jacob deGrom, whose launching with the Texas Rangers remained in doubt after tightness in his left side postponed his very first spring training start. Philadelphia Phillies ace Aaron Nola, fresh off a World Series look, will get his 6th successive Opening Day begin– the longest present active streak– and oppose the two-time Cy Young winner in a pairing of long time NL East enemies. 9 groups had actually revealed their beginners prior to Friday. That list consists of the Los Angeles Angels, with Shohei Ohtani coming off his World Baseball Classic MVP award, along with the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants, who will pit Gerrit Cole versus Logan Webb. A few of the other finest matches consist of: Houston left-hander Framber Valdez leading the Astros’ title defense in your home versus Chicago White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease; Cleveland’s Shane Bieber, the 2020 American League Cy Young winner, taking a trip to Seattle to deal with Luis Castillo; Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias getting his very first Opening Day begin versus Arizona right-hander Zac Gallen in a fight of the 3rd- and fifth-place finishers, respectively, in 2015’s NL Cy Young ballot. Amongst the other Cy Young winners who will start their group’s season: Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes, an All-Star each of the previous 2 seasons and the 2021 NL Cy Young winner, will break the Chicago Cubs’ Marcus Stroman, who formerly began Opening Day two times; Blake Snell, the 2018 AL honoree, gets the start for San Diego at a jam-packed Petco Park versus Colorado’s German Marquez, who will get the ball for the 3rd time on Opening Day; Two-time winner Corey Kluber, whose Boston Red Sox will host Baltimore’s Kyle Gibson; Zack Greinke, who will make his 3rd Opening Day begin for Kansas City and 5th general, will oppose Minnesota Twins right-hander Pablo Lopez, taking the mound for the very first time to begin a season. Atlanta’s Max Fried and Washington’s Patrick Corbin both will begin for the 3rd time on Opening Day as the Nationals host the Braves. The remainder of the matches include a minimum of one pitcher beginning the season for the very first time: Detroit’s Eduardo Rodriguez debuting at Tampa Bay, where he’ll oppose the Rays’ Shane McClanahan, who got the call for the 2nd straight season; Toronto’s Alek Manoah, coming off a third-place AL Cy Young surface, breaking St. Louis’ Miles Mikolas, who acquired Opening Day responsibilities for a 2nd time after six-time Opening Day starter Adam Wainwright arrived on the hurt list Thursday with a groin pressure; Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller heading to Cincinnati to deal with Hunter Greene in the among 3 matches of pitchers who have actually not formerly tossed Opening Day, with the others Urías vs. Gallen and Valdez vs. Cease; Ohtani versus Oakland’s Kyle Muller, the least-tenured of the 30 pitchers with simply 11 big league starts and 49 major league innings under his belt. He will opt for the Athletics after presumptive Opening Day starter Paul Blackburn suffered a torn nail on his best middle finger.