DAILY MATCHUPS: Cole leads Yankees against Giants in Thursday lid-lifter

Today's Overview/Schedule/Weather: Thursday’s Opening Day brings a full slate of 15 games. Contests in the Midwest and East will likely include some chilled temperatures, but its San Diego of all places that may be dealing with the largest threat of rain (around 50%). The Matchup Ratings are chock full of top-flight starters, and those hurlers are backed by full-strength bullpens.


Notable Starts:

Gerrit Cole struggled in his first three starts last season (6.35 ERA, .852 OPS allowed). But the Yankee right-hander is in his home park where last year he registered a 3.20 ERA, 0.94 WHIP. In Grapefruit League action, Cole fanned 27 batters against 1 BB in 21.2 IP.

Jacob deGrom is tabbed with the highest rating of the day. The new weapon in...


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