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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-46) at Pittsburgh Pirates (62-44)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

C Kershaw (9-6) (2.37) vs. G Cole (14-5) (2.36)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +127 / Los Angeles Dodgers -137 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off on Friday at PNC Park for game one of their MLB series of post-season hopefuls.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are sitting in the top spot in the National League Wildcard race but they still have their sites set on the National League Central crown. The Pirates are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 36-18 at home, and they are 5.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. As a team the Pirates are hitting .255 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .291, Starling Marte hitting .289, and Jung Ho Kang hitting .291. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.21 with the starters at 3.39 and the bullpen at 2.84. For game one against the Dodgers the Pirates start Gerrit Cole who has allowed 122 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 138 over 137.1 innings for a 14-5 record and a 2.29 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to hold onto the lead in the National league West but the lead has been anything but safe and comfortable. The Dodgers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 25-28 on the road, and they have a two game lead over the Giants in the NL West. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .254 with Yasmani Grandal hitting .295, Adrian Gonzalez hitting .294, and Howie Kendrick hitting .289. The Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.34 with the starters at 3.06 and the bullpen at 3.97. For game one against the Pirates the Dodgers start Clayton Kershaw who has allowed 107 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 192 over 148 innings for a 9-6 record and a 2.37 ERA.

Pittsburgh is 6-0 in their last six games against the NL West, 6-2 in their last eight games following an off day, and 6-0 in Cole’s last six starts against the NL West. Los Angeles is 7-2 in their last nine games against a team with a winning record, 11-5 in their last 16 Friday games, and 28-13 in Kershaw’s last 41 road starts. Los Angeles is 2-5 in their last seven games in Pittsburgh.

Both of these pitchers can deal but Kershaw is the proven commodity making him and the Dodgers my choice. 

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Los Angeles Dodgers -137

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