Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The opening pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET and this NL matchup will be televised on either ATPT or SNLA.

Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

Vegas has listed Pittsburgh (+170) as the underdog to Los Angeles (-180). Bettors can gamble on the games total with odds posted at even money (+100) for over 8.5 runs and -120 for under 8.5. The games most recent runline odds stand at -130 for picking the Pirates +1.5 runs and +110 for the Dodgers -1.5 runs.

The Dodgers are 46-39 straight up (SU) and 37-47 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 18.3 units for moneyline bettors and 9.2 units (ATS). Los Angeles has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. On the other hand, the Pirates are 40-45 SU and have gone 39-45 ATS. In total, the teams lost 6.8 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 8.5 units ATS. Pittsburgh has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven.

Los Angeles games have had an over/under record of 43-39-2 so far in 2018. Pittsburgh has an over/under record of 40-37-7.

Right-hander Clay Holmes is projected to start for the visiting Pirates. Holmes is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and two strikeouts. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Dodgers are sending lefty Rich Hill (1-3, 4.68 ERA) to the mound. Hill has 46 strikeouts and 16 walks to his name, as well as a 1.42 WHIP. Hill only made one start against the Pirates in 2017 (0-1, 1.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts across nine innings).

Pittsburgh’s pitching staff allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.37 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.61 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.33, along with a WHIP of 1.29 and a K/9 of 9.78.

The Pirates offense has slashed .248/.319/.402 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game this season, including 3.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Outfielder Corey Dickerson and first baseman Josh Bell continue to lead Pittsburgh’s hitters. Dickerson is slashing .301/.336/.448 with six home runs, 33 RBIs and 35 runs scored, while Bell (.252/.333/.383) is up to five homers, 41 RBIs and 41 runs scored.

For the home team, Los Angeles pitchers have yielded 4.0 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 3.39 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.91 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.

The Los Angeles offense has put up 4.8 runs per contest, including 5.9 per game over its last 10 games and 6.6 per game over its last five. The teams hit .298/.358/.602 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor have led the charge for the Dodgers’ batters this year. Kemp is slashing .318/.354/.557 with 15 home runs, 55 RBIs and 39 runs scored, and Taylor’s line is .260/.342/.474 with 10 homers, 34 RBIs and 51 runs.

The Pirates have lost 6.3 units and are 9-12 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 13 of those games, as opposed to eight that’ve hit the under against lefties. On the other hand, the Dodgers have lost 16.8 units and are 23-31 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs hit in 35 of those games, compared to 18 that went under the total.

Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Pirates, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in just two of Los Angeles last seven games.
  • The Pirates have lost three of their last four games SU.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 25.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 27.0 over its last five.
  • The Pirates have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.