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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 5/26/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Sunday May 26, 2019, 1:35 PM (EDT)
Location
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
The Line
Pittsburgh Pirates +145 / Los Angeles Dodgers -165
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from PNC Park on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to complete the sweep after taking game two on Saturday by a final score of 7-2. Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager each had two hits with a double and two RBIs while Joc Pederson, Russell Martin and Hyun-Jin Ryu each had an RBI with Pederson and Ryu each adding a double. Max Muncy had a pair of two-baggers while Alex Verdugo and Chris Taylor also doubled, with Taylor going 2 for 4 at the plate. Ryu got the win to improve to 7-1 on the year after allowing two runs on ten hits while striking out three over six innings of work. Kenta Maeda will start game three and is 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. In his career, Maeda is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the set. Cole Tucker had an RBI while Josh Bell, Kevin Newman and Elias Diaz each had a double with Bell and Newman each having two hits. Starling Marte went 3 for 4 while Bryan Reynolds and Francisco Cervelli each had base hits as well in the defeat. Joe Musgrove took the loss, falling to 3-5 on the year after allowing six runs on ten hits over five innings of work. Chris Archer will start the finale and is 1-4 with a 5.55 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. In his career, Archer is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA and 11 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 19-7 in their last 26 games overall and 0-4 in Maeda’s last 4 road starts while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. Pittsburgh is 0-5 in Archer’s last 5 starts and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the NL West. Los Angeles is 18-4 in the last 22 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.

I’d really like to give the Pirates a look at plus money to avoid the sweep, but the fact is that the Dodgers have been the much better team in the first two games of the set, and Archer hasn’t been very good this season, losing each of his last four starts and allowing 20 runs, 19 earned, in his last 17.2 innings of work over that span. Maeda has been much more consistent, throwing shutouts in three of his last four starts. I think you have to lay the juice with the Dodgers on the road to complete the sweep.

Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers -165

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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