Dodgers at Pirates 6/7/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/06/2019 at 4:17 PM ET

Dodgers at Pirates 6/7/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

PNC Park will play host to a Thursday afternoon MLB clash between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Last night, the Dodgers had their four-game winning streak snapped during an 11-9 loss against the Pirates. Matt Kemp connected on his 10th home run and drove in five runs for Los Angeles, who is a game below .500 overall.

Rookie right-hander Dennis Santana (1-0 12.27 ERA) will make his first career major league start for the Dodgers. In three plus innings of relief work, Santana has allowed six hits and struck out four batters. Entering Wednesday’s game, the Pittsburgh Pirates had been shutout in consecutive contests. On Thursday, the Pirates put together an offensive attack that included 10 hits and 10 walks drawn. Corey Dickerson had three hits and scored four runs for Pittsburgh, who moved to a game above .500 overall with the win.

Talented right-hander Jameson Taillon (3-4 3.97 ERA) will get the nod for the Pirates on Thursday. Last time out, Taillon allowed just three hits across eight shutout innings during a 4-0 victory at St. Louis.

Los Angeles SP Clayton Kershaw will miss at least a month with a lower back strain. Through 61 games, Los Angeles ranks 19th in batting average and 8th in runs scored. For the season, Pittsburgh ranks 11th in batting average and 11th in runs scored. Take the Pirates to win the rubber game behind a solid performance from Taillon. Final Score Prediction, Pittsburgh Pirates win 4-2.

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