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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (87-58) at Los Angeles Dodgers (84-61)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 18, 2015 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

J Locke (8-10) (4.43) vs. Z Greinke (17-3) (1.61)

The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -190 / Pittsburgh Pirates +175 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates make the long trip to the west coast to face the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday.

Despite closing in on 90 wins the Pittsburgh Pirates are still second in the National League Central. The  Pirates fell to the Cubs 9-6 on Thursday afternoon as their pitching struggled early. Starter Charlie Morton was charged with six runs on nine hits over four innings with Joe Blanton allowing three runs without recording an out. The Buccos did  their damage on eleven hits with Gregory Polanco, Pedro Alvarez and Travis Snider each clubbing homeruns. The Pirates hand the ball to Jeff Locke in the series opener versus the Dodgers on Friday. Locke is coming off of a 10-2 rout of Milwaukee where he gave up one run on three hits over 6.1 frames.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been fending off San Francisco for the National League West lead and need to keep rolling. The Dodgers have won seven of ten after defeating Colorado 2-0 behind great work on the mound on Wednesday. Starter Alex Wood was spectacular with a one hit shutout through eight innings to up his record to 11-10. The offense did just enough with AJ Ellis smacking a solo homer while Corey Seager driving in Austin Barnes. The Dodgers go with Zack Greinke on the bump who is a leading contender for the Cy Young award. Overall this season Greinke has posted a 17-3 record with a 1.61 ERA and 0.85 WHIP.

The over is 7-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 9 overall and  is 7-2 in their last 9 road games while going  7-2 in their last 9 on grass. The under is 8-2 in Los Angeles last 10 home games and  is 7-2 in their last 9 Friday games while the Dodgers  are 17-5 in their last 22 overall. The over is 51-24-2 in the last 77 meetings and Pittsburgh are 33-69 in the last 102 meetings. I lean Grenke here but I hate the juice…

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LA Dodgers -1

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