Dodgers at Pirates - 6/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (41-35) at Pittsburgh Pirates (36-39)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 8:08 pm (PNC Park)
C Kershaw (11-1) (1.57) vs. Chad Kuhl (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +245 / Los Angeles Dodgers -270 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to win another game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night on ESPN.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to keep rolling after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Dodgers have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have an ERA of 3.38 and have won six straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Corey Seager leads Los Angeles with 88 hits, Adrian Gonzalez has 33 RBI and Justin Turner has 10 home runs. Clayton Kershaw gets the nod, and he’s 11-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 141 strikeouts this season. Kershaw is 2-2 with a 2.90 ERA and 65 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to win three straight games for the first time this month. The Pirates have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has heated up this series, and they’ve lost six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 86 hits, Gregory Polanco has 44 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has 12 home runs. Chad Kuhl will make his major league debut when he takes the hill tonight. Kuhl was 33-16 with a 2.79 ERA and 293 strikeouts in his minor league career.
The Dodgers are 38-18 in their last 56 during game 3 of a series and 55-18 in Kershaws last 73 starts. The Pirates are 0-8 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 40-14 in their last 54 vs. National League West. The Dodgers are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh.
I've been a beleiver that the Pirates were going to turn things around eventually, and they're showing signs of doing just that. However, you don't pick against Kershaw. Especially when he's going against a pitcher making his major league debut. Dodgers have to be the pick here.