Los Angeles Dodgers vs Pittsburgh Pirates 6-7-2018




Los Angeles Dodgers vs Pittsburgh Pirates 6-7-2018

Los Angeles Dodgers (29-30) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (30-29)

Date : 06/07/2018
Time : 12:35 pm EST
Location : PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Pittsburgh Pirates

The finale of a 3-game set against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates will take place at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Thursday afternoon beginning at 12:35 pm EST.  The resurgent Dodgers have been able to pick up some wins lately, however, continue to occupy the 4th spot in the NL West while the Pirates have lost 6 of their last 8 games, ultimately, slipping to the number 4 slot within the NL Central division.  This will be the 1st matchup of the year amongst these two teams, however, the Dodgers have owned this matchup in recent meetings winning 6 of the last 7 with the Dodgers taking 3 of the last 4 games at PNC Park on 8-21-2017.

Los Angeles Dodgers 's Latest Performance :

The Dodgers come into this matchup winners of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 4-1.  Recently, the Dodgers would win a 3-game home set against the San Diego Padres on 5-27-2018 while tying a 4-game home set against the Philadelphia Phillies on 5-31-2018.  They would also go on to sweep a 3-game road set against the Colorado Rockies on 6-3-2018.

The Dodgers average 4.63 runs per game (8th) with a team batting average of .241 (18th), 65 homers (17th), along with 17 stolen bases (28th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.69 (10th) with 581 strikeouts (3rd) along with 24 quality starts (17th).

Yasmani Grandal (.251 BA on 171 AB), Cody Bellinger (.225 BA on 213 AB), and Corey Seager (.267 BA on 101 AB) have been the leaders offensively for the Dodgers this season.  Chris Taylor (.256 BA on 227 AB) has also been pivotal to the Dodger’s offensive attack.

Clayton Kershaw (1-4) has pitched 49 innings while allowing 15 runs on 44 hits, 7 homers, 11 walks, and 53 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.76.  Alex Wood (1-4) has pitched 64.1 innings while allowing 35 runs on 60 hits, 8 homers, 13 walks, and 60 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.48.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates's Latest Performance :

The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4.  Recently, the Pirates would drop a 3-game home set to the St. Louis Cardinals on 5-27-2018 while following this series up with a 3-game home series loss to the resurgent Chicago Cubs on 5-30-2018.  Furthermore, Pittsburgh would lose once again to the Cardinals in a 4-game home set on 6-3-2018.

For the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates average 4.59 runs per game (9th) with a team batting average of .254 (12th), 64 homers (18th) along with 21 stolen bases (25th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.16 (16th) with 479 strikeouts (20th) along with 27 quality starts on the year (9th).

Corey Dickerson (.312 BA on 208 AB), Francisco Cervelli (.278 BA on 144 AB), Starling Marte (.290 BA on 193 AB), and Colin Moran (.281 BA on 160 AB) have been the most consistent hitters in the lineup for the Pirates this year.  Jordy Mercer (.254 BA on 185 AB) and Josh Bell (.243 BA on 214 AB) have also been solid for Pittsburgh this year at the plate.

Trevor Williams (5-3, 68 IP, 29 R, 60 H, 7 HR, 22 BB, 47 SO, 3.84 ERA) and Ivan Nova (2-5, 61.2 IP, 39 R, 73 H, 10 HR, 10 BB, 42 SO, 4.96 ERA) have been shining stars on the mound for the Pirates this year.

How Los Angeles Dodgers & Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Dodgers are 25-34 ATS while the O/U is 29-27-3.  On the other hand, the Pirates are 27-32 ATS while the O/U is 28-25-6.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The interesting thing about this matchup will be the pitching duel.  Dennis Santana (1-0) will take the hill for the Dodgers while James Taillon (3-4) will get the starts for the Pirates on Thursday.  Santana did not have a great outing in his last start as he pitched only 3.2 innings while allowing 5 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts in a 11-8 road win versus the Rockies on 6-1-2018.  On the other hand, Taillon pitched 8 innings while allowing 0 runs on 3 hits, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts in a 4-0 road victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on 6-1-2018.  While Santana has no experience at all against this Pirate lineup, Taillon has faced Yasmani Grandal (0-5), Joc Pederson (2-4), Chris Taylor (3-3), and Justin Turner (.400 BA on 5 AB) in the past.

Totals Selection: Over

My reason for the prediction :

Both pitchers have tended to lean towards the over in their recent outings.  For instance, Taillon’s last victory was his 1st win in 10 starts.  Up until the win, Taillon had allowed 11 runs on 15 hits in his last 3 starts.  On the other hand, with an ERA of 12.27 for his last (and first) start against the Rockies, Santana will certainly be looking for a much better performance; However, the Dodgers have been hitting machines on offense recently (9.2 run average in last 5 wins).  It is for this reason that I expect this matchup to be one that is very offensive-friendly and in favor of the boys from the West.

Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers :

  • Betting Trends for Los Angeles Dodgers

    • The Dodgers are 7-0 in last 7 road games
    • The Over is 6-3 in Dodgers last 9 road games

Betting trends for Pittsburgh Pirates:

  • Betting Trends for Pittsburgh Pirates

    • The Under is 4-1 in Pirates last 5 games
    • The Under is 8-4-1 in Pirates last 13 games

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