Free MLB Pick: Pirates vs Dodgers Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(42-76) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (72-46)
Date: Monday, August 16th
Time: 10:10 PM ET
Venue: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Projected Pitchers: Steven Brault vs. TBD
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates OFF | Dodgers OFF
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: OFF
The Dodgers return home after a 5-1 trip out East, but still couldn’t gain any ground on San Francisco as both teams are 8-2 over their last 10. It was a grueling trip marked by rain delays and scorching heat, but Los Angeles gets some reprieve with Pittsburgh coming to town.
The Pirates did snag a 14-4 win over Milwaukee in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, but overall have lost 10 of their last 11. The Bucs’ are also just 18-41 on the road this season. The line will be high, but is delayed in getting released as L.A tries to decide on a starter.
No matter who they’ll be facing in the Los Angeles rotation, we probably shouldn’t expect much from the Pittsburgh offense on Monday night. That 14 run outburst was an anomaly, as the Pirates finished the Milwaukee series with 6-0 and 2-1 defeats.
The Pirates have now scored a run or less in 4 of their last 6 games. They rank last in the majors in runs/game and HR, and are 29th in OPS. The Dodgers took all three games when they visited PNC Park in early June.
There is nobody in this Pittsburgh lineup that scares you, which is why Dodgers players are probably crawling over each other to get the start on Monday. Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds each have a couple HR and are hitting above .300 over the past week, but that’s about it.
Steven Brault gets the task of facing this potent Dodgers lineup in the series opener. The left-hander is making just his third start of the season after being on the 60-day IL with a lat strain, but has been solid with 3 ER allowed over 9.0 IP.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers exploded on Sunday Night Baseball, dominating the Mets 14-4 to complete the sweep. L.A was up 6-0 by the end of the 2nd, which was more than enough run support for Max Scherzer who pitched 6.0 innings of 2 run ball.
Max Muncy paced the offense with a couple of HRs, part of five long balls on the night. Brault did serve up 2 HRs in his last start, so there could be an opportunity for some instant offense again on Monday. The three meetings between the teams earlier this year were low scoring though, with L.A winning by a combined 11-7.
L.A could be vulnerable on Monday as they have yet to name a pitcher. Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, and Trevor Bauer are a few of the six starters that are unavailable due to injuries or personal matters. The Dodgers bullpen is pretty beat up too.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 2-11 last 13 vs. NL West
- Pirates are 25-70 last 95 road games
- Under is 5-2 in Pirates last 7 overall
- Pirates are 14-43 last 57 in Los Angeles
- Dodgers are 7-1 last 8 overall
- Dodgers are 6-2 last 8 vs. LH starter
- Over is 11-3 last 14 head to head meetings
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Prediction:
Brault has had a couple solid starts this year against division foes Milwaukee and St. Louis, but he’s facing a whole different animal in this Dodgers lineup. That being said L.A might not be as sharp returning home from a long trip out East.
We don’t know who the L.A pitcher is going to be yet, but it’s safe to say the Pirates offense will struggle no matter who Dave Roberts throws out there. All this leads to an under play as long as it’s higher than 8.5.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Under
Keep struggling Pittsburgh bats.
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