Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers
|Date & Time||Saturday April 27, 2019, 9:10 PM (EDT)|
Los Angeles, California
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +170 / Los Angeles Dodgers -200 -- Over/Under: 7
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Saturday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Pirates have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four of their last five games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost nine of their last 15 games when allowing two or more runs. Offensively, Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 24 hits and 18 RBI while Melky Cabrera and Adam Frazier have combined for 43 hits and seven RBI. Joe Musgrove gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Musgrove’s second career game against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look for another win after splitting their last six games. The Dodgers have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers are 14-4 this season when scoring four or more runs. Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 42 hits and 33 RBI while Justin Turner and Corey Seager have combined for 50 hits and 16 RBI. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Kershaw is 3-3 with a 3.16 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 9-4 in their last 13 during game 2 of a series, 5-1 in Musgroves last 6 starts with 4 days of rest and 1-6 in Musgroves last 7 road starts. The Dodgers are 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games, 43-12 in Kershaws last 55 home starts and 75-25 in Kershaws last 100 starts. The Pirates are 14-40 in the last 54 meetings in Los Angeles and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 5-0-1 in Kershaws last 6 home starts. The over is 5-2 in Musgroves last 7 starts overall.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a team falling apart and the lack of offense doesn't bode well when going up against arguably the most balanced team in the NL. Kershaw is still getting his feet wet after missing so much time, but he's a pitcher who has won nine of his last 11 home starts as a favorite and 12 of his last 14 starts overall as a favorite. These prices with the Dodgers and their ace on the mound are never friendly, but the track record speaks for itself. Kershaw in these type of roles is about as automatic as you can get in this daily grind we call baseball.