Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/30/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (23-29) at Los Angeles Dodgers (29-25)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Francisco Liriano (L) (0-5) (5.062) vs. Josh Beckett (R) (3-1) (2.425)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -138 / Pittsburgh Pirates +125 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers take the field in game number two of their weekend series.
Pittsburgh isn't off to a great start and can't afford to fall too far behind in the National League Central with the Cardinals finally getting their act together. The Pirates seemed to heading in the right direction a week ago but have since slowed with their offense or lack of it causing issues. That wasn't the case in Thursday's 6-3 victory at Los Angeles where everything was on the same page. Gerrit Cole made things easier for the bats with all three runs scored on six hits in 6.1 frames. The Buccos pounded out 14 hits with Josh Harrison driving in two while Russell Martin and Pedro Alvarez smacking solo homers. Left hander Francisco Liriano toes the rubber in a Friday night bout with the Dodgers. Liriano has struggle throughout the early going with an 0-5 record and 5.06 ERA over eleven outings.
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The Dodgers are right in the middle of the National League West race but unlike 2013 when they stormed through the division the competition is stiffer with Colorado playing well and San Francisco playing very well. The LAD lost another game in the standings with the Giants winning combining with their loss to visiting Pittsburgh. The Dodgers saw Dan Haren allow three runs over six innings with Brandon League charged with three more in 2/3 of an inning. The offense produced seven hits and walked twice with Dee Gordon, Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig driving in runs. Veteran Josh Beckett looks to continue his hot pitching when he faces visiting Pittsburgh on Friday. Beckett is coming off a no hitter against Philadelphia with three BB issued in a 6-0 victory.
I generally fade a pitcher after a huge feat such as a no hitter but I'm not sure I do that here with Liriano struggling. I'm looking at the Dodgers but I won't go big on them given the situation with Beckett...