Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/31/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (24-29) at Los Angeles Dodgers (29-26)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 7:15 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Brandon Cumpton (R) (0-1) (3.374) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) (5-2) (3.096)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -150 / Pittsburgh Pirates +140 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Pittsburgh Pirates in game three of their series on Saturday.
The Pirates long term goal is to reach the postseason and the short term goal is to reach .500 and that means more consistency on both the mound and at the plate. The Buccos have looked good in Los Angeles the las two nights with consecutive victories following a 2-1 decision Friday. A struggling Francisco Liriano righted the ship for at least a night with 5.2 scoreless innings to win his first. The Pirates attack didn't crush the ball with six hits but didn't need to. Ike Davis connected on a solo jack and Neil Walker doubled in another. Pittsburgh gives the game three start to Brandon Cumpton for his fourth start of 2014. Cumpton did not get a decision in a 5-2 win over the Mets where he gave up both runs in six innings.
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I think the Dodgers are in better shape this season then they were in 2013 considering their record and health. Their biggest worry is the tough competition in a top heavy National League West where every game has implications. Josh Beckett followed his no hitter with a solid outing albeit a losing one. Beckett allowed both runs on five hits through five innings to fall to 3-2. The offense wasted this performance with only seven hits to lean on with Hanley Ramirez knocking in the only run in the 8th that did nothing but prevent the shutout. The Dodgers are hoping Hyun-Jin Ryu can deliver another quality start when he faces the visiting Pirates. Ryu has posted seven quality starts in nine outings while going 5-2 with a 3.10 ERA.
It's tough to say what we'll see from Cumpton so you have to give the advantage on the mound to Ryu. I say the bats could be about even as I don't think Los Angeles is anything special at the plate. I'm backing the home team but no way would I pay the juice...