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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/4/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (40-45) at Los Angeles Dodgers (46-39)
Date & Time Wednesday July 4, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -180 / Pittsburgh Pirates +170 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Pittsburgh Pirates (40-45) at Los Angeles Dodgers (46-39)
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Wednesday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a bounce back performance after splitting their last eight games. The Pirates have allowed 30 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Corey Dickerson leads the Pirates with 86 hits and 33 RBI while Josh Bell and Starling Marte have combined for 145 hits and 75 RBI. Joe Musgrove gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 3.79 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. This will be Musgrove’s second career game against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look or another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Dodgers have scored 31 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won 14 of their last 16 games when scoring more than one run. Matt Kemp leads the Dodgers with 84 hits and 55 RBI while Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger have combined for 151 hits and 77 RBI. Rich Hill gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 4.68 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Hill is 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 7-0 in their last 7 Wednesday games, 4-13 in their last 17 vs. National League West and 1-7 in their last 8 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Dodgers are 20-8 in their last 28 during game 3 of a series, 0-4 in Hills last 4 home starts and 2-6 in Hills last 8 starts. The Pirates are 14-38 in the last 52 meetings in Los Angeles and 2-9 in the last 11 meetings.

Hill has improved as he's gotten more innings under his belt, and he just held the Rockies to six hits and one run in 6.2 innings while striking out 10 guys. Hill has been hit hard at home this season, but he's shown signs of improvement the more he's pitched since his return. The real reason to back the Dodgers here, however, is the fact they've raked against Pittsburgh Pirates pitching in this series. The Dodgers have 25 runs and 32 hits in two games against Pittsburgh. Yikes. I'll back the Dodgers here again. 

Los Angeles Dodgers -180

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