Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates Free Preview

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing host to the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET and this NL showdown will be shown on both ATPT and SNLA.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

Los Angeles (-110) is entering this game as the favorite over Pittsburgh (+100) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Gamblers can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds sitting at +135 for the Dodgers -1.5 runs and -155 for the Pirates +1.5.

The Dodgers have gone 29-30 SU this year and are 25-34 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 21.2 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 10.0 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The Pirates, on the other hand, are 30-29 SU and 27-32 ATS. The teams lost 1.7 units for moneyline bettors and 6.0 units ATS. Pittsburgh has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Pirates games have a 28-25-6 over/under record so far in 2018. Los Angeles has an over/under record of 30-27-2.

The right-handed Ross Stripling will get the nod for the visiting Dodgers. Stripling is 3-1 with a 1.68 ERA and 59 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Pirates this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Pirates are putting the ball in the right hand of Joe Musgrove (2-0, 0.64 ERA, 1.14 WHIP), who has 12 strikeouts and four walks this season. Musgrove did not record a start against the Dodgers in 2017.

Pittsburgh’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 4.09, a WHIP of 1.24 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.4. The bullpen has a 4.26 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 9.5 K/9.

The Pittsburgh hitters have produced 4.6 runs per contest, including 3.5 per game over its last 10 games and 3.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .233/.291/.396 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Outfielders Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte have led the Pirates’ offense this year. Dickerson is hitting .313/.347/.490 with five home runs, 32 RBIs and 26 runs scored, and Marte is hitting .290 with seven homers, 23 RBIs, 32 runs and 10 stolen bases.

For the visiting squad, Los Angeles pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.51 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 9.93 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.93, along with a K/9 of 9.51.

The Dodgers offense has slashed .241/.322/.407 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 8.4 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Los Angeles offensive production been powered by outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor, who collectively have swatted 17 home runs. Kemp is slashing .344/.376/.572 with nine home runs, 33 RBIs and 23 runs scored, while Taylor is slashing .256/.342/.471 with eight homers, 26 RBIs and 42 runs scored.

The Dodgers have lost 21.7 units and are 14-25 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 26 of those games, compared to 12 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Pirates have lost 0.4 units and are 23-24 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs cashed in 19 of those games, compared to 22 that’ve gone under.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Pirates, ATS Winner – Pirates, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The Dodgers have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 24.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 28.8 over its last five.
  • The Pirates have lost three of their last four games SU.