Los Angeles Dodgers (35-25) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (23-36)
June 9, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +147 / Los Angeles Dodgers -159; Over/Under: +9
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet Wednesday in MLB action from PNC Park. This will be the second installment in a three-game series between these teams this week. In the Tuesday opener, the Dodgers posted a victory to strike first. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Los Angeles had some trouble with the Braves over the weekend, winning Friday before falling in the other two games. In the Tuesday opener versus the Pirates, LA scored three runs in the fifth inning on the way to a tense 5-3 win. Starter Walker Buehler managed 7.0 innings with two hits and no earned.
For the starting pitcher job in game two, the Dodgers are sending out Tony Gonsolin. This will be Gonsolin’s season debut. He missed the first two months of the season due to a shoulder injury.
Over on the Pittsburgh side, they played the Marlins over the weekend, and were able to win three of the four games. In the Tuesday opener versus LA, the Pirates showed some late life in the last couple innings but ultimately fell. JT Brubaker went 4.2 innings with five hits and three earned.
For the Wednesday game, the Pirates are going with Tyler Anderson on the hill. Over his 61.2 innings this year, Anderson has 57 hits, 34 runs (32 earned), 10 homers, 17 walks, 59 Ks and a 4.67 ERA overall.
The Dodgers are 5-1 in their last six versus a lefty starter and 5-2 in their last seven Wednesday games. LA is 41-20 in their last 61 with the total at 6.5 or lower and the over is 12-4 in their last 16 road games.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 11-24 in their last 35 overall and 6-22 in their last 28 Wednesday games. Pitt is 17-8 in their last 25 versus the NL West and the over is 18-7-3 in their last 28 in game two of a series.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Dodgers here. Anderson had a rough stretch in late May, posting 13 earned on 16 hits over 10.0 innings in two starts. Since then Anderson has been better with five earned on 10 hits in 10.1 innings over two starts. His last appearance was the first time he’d pitched into the sixth inning since May 9. I like Anderson to do okay here but I think LA probably still has the advantage.