Dodgers at Pirates 5/24/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions
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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB: 7:05 PM EST
May. 24, 2019
Latest Odds : LAD -120 O/U 8.5
In Friday night MLB action, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates will begin a three-game series from PNC Park. The Dodgers own the best record in the National League and lead their division by six games over San Diego. On Wednesday, Los Angeles relief pitchers surrendered two three-run blasts during the seventh inning of an 8-1 loss at Tampa Bay.
Twenty-four year old righty Walker Buehler (4-1 3.83 ERA) is pitching well enough to make his second straight All-Star appearance. Through 49 plus innings, Buehler has fanned 46 batters and owns a 1.05 WHIP.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their previous ten games and are looking to remain in contention in the NL Central Division race. On Thursday, Pittsburgh slugged four home runs during a 14-6 home victory versus Colorado. Josh Bell and Starling Marte scored three runs apiece for the Pirates, who trail Chicago by four games for first place.
Pittsburgh skipper Clint Hurdle has yet to name a starting pitcher for this matchup. The Pirates rank in the middle of the pack with a 4.35 team ERA and are allowing a .243 opponent’s batting average.
Recent Betting Trends:
Dodgers are 6-0 in Buehlers last 6 starts during game 1 of a series.
Pirates are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series.
Under is 11-5-3 in Buehlers last 19 starts overall.
Under is 35-16-4 in Pirates last 55 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
Dodgers are 16-5 in the last 21 meetings.
Free Betting Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -120
Pittsburgh SP Jameson Taillon (elbow) has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. Through 50 games, Los Angeles ranks 5th in OPS and 6th in runs scored. For the season, Pittsburgh ranks 24th in OPS and 28th in runs scored. Take Los Angeles to set the tone for this series with a win on Friday night. Final Score Prediction, Los Angeles Dodgers win 5-3.