Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/31/2014
Sunday, June 1, 7:05 PM on ESP2
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Pittsburgh Pirates - Volquez, E (2-4) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Greinke, Z (8-1)
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Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates will send Edinson Volquez to the hill to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Zack Greinke. It will be Volquez’s 11th start and 12th appearance as Greinke makes his 12th start.
Edinson Volquez pitched to a no-decision in his last outing and that left his record at 2 – 4 with an ERA of 4.30. In his last start, Volquez allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings of work. He walked five and struck out 6 as he threw 106 pitches, which was his highest pitch count this season. Last season, Volquez averaged 93.5 pitches per start en route to a 9 – 12 record with a 5.71 ERA in 32 starts and 1 relief appearance for the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
In 2013, Volquez lost his only start against his former team after allowing 5 runs on 2 hits (including a homer) in just 5.2 innings. Against Volquez, Los Angeles’ Adrian Gonzalez is 4 for 12 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs.
Zack Greinke continues to impress this season and he picked up another win in his last start, taking him to an 8 – 1 record with a 2.18 ERA. In that outing, Greinke surrendered 3 runs on 8 hits (including a home run) in 7.2 innings. He didn’t issue any walks while striking out 11. Greinke is well on the way to matching last season’s record of 15 – 4 with a 2.63 ERA in 28 starts.
In 2013, Greinke pitched to a no decision in his only start against the Pirates after allowing 6 runs on 7 hits (including 2 homers) in 5 innings. In his career, he has held the Pirate lineup to a .215 average. With the way that he is pitching, he should have no trouble in this start.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 21-26-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is -0.5
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
Los Angeles Dodgers are 29-23-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Los Angeles Dodgers is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
05/04/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Shoulder 15-day DL (5/2)
Los Angeles Dodgers
05/29/14 LF Carl Crawford Ankle 15-day DL (5/28)
05/26/14 C A.J. Ellis Ankle 15-day DL (5/25)
05/21/14 3B Juan Uribe Hamstring 15-day DL (5/20)
03/27/14 P Chad Billingsley Elbow 60-day DL (3/19)
03/27/14 P Onelki Garcia Elbow 60-day DL (3/14)
03/27/14 P Scott Elbert Elbow 60-day DL (2/8)
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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