Sunday, September 20, 2015
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
Probable Pitchers: Gerrit Cole (16-8) vs. Michael Bolsinger (6-3)
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit Dodger Stadium on Sunday to play the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Pirates send Gerrit Cole to the mound to face Michael Bolsinger of the Dodgers. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at -123 and Los Angeles at +113. The over/under was set at 7. The Pirates have a 70-65 over/under record and a 64-83 run line mark, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Dodgers are 67-79 against the run line and have a 70-71 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
The Pirates show up with a 87-60 record, including 37-35 on the road. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole holds a 16-8 record with an earned run average of 2.60 and a WHIP of 1.11. He's pitched 187 innings thus far while surrendering 166 hits over that time and when he starts, the Pirates are 20-9. Against the over/under, the Pirates are 11-16 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 3.7 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 2.70 and they've given up 418 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .234 against the Pirates bullpen while walking 148 times and striking out 420 times. Pittsburgh is averaging 8.02 strikeouts per game while getting 8.48 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 2nd in baseball in team earned run average at 3.23.
Pittsburgh ranks 8th in the league in team batting average at .259 while hitting .257 on the road. Ranked at 11th in the league in on-base percentage, the Pirates sit at .322 and they hold a .395 team slugging percentage. Andrew McCutchen leads the team in hits with 153 while the team ranks 8th in baseball with 8.99 hits per game.
Los Angeles is 50-22 at home while holding a 85-61 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 3.13, Michael Bolsinger will come into this game holding a 6-3 record and a 1.28 WHIP. He's pitched 97.2 innings thus far while surrendering 88 hits over that time in which the Dodgers are 11-7. Against the over/under, the Dodgers are 10-8 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 4.8 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.95 and they have given up 389 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .242 against the Dodgers bullpen while walking 134 times and striking out 467 times. Los Angeles is averaging 7.53 strikeouts per game while getting 8.54 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.95.
They rank 30th in the league in team batting average with a .243 average while hitting .243 at home. Ranked at 28th in the league in on-base percentage, the Dodgers sit at .305 and they hold a .390 team slugging percentage. Adrian Gonzalez leads the team in hits with 147 while the team ranks 30th in baseball with 8.13 hits a game.
The Pirates have committed 114 errors and have combined for 1,714 assists and 4,058 put outs leading to a .981 team fielding percentage. The Dodgers have committed 67 errors on the season with 1,538 assists and 3,909 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .988 on the year.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 70-65 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 64-83 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 70-71 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 67-79 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/17/15 C Francisco Cervelli Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
09/17/15 SS Jung Ho Kang Knee out for season
09/02/15 P Casey Sadler Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (9/1)
08/08/15 P Deolis Guerra Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (8/7)
07/19/15 CF Gorkys Hernandez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/13)
06/24/15 RF Corey Hart Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/22)
05/07/15 LF Andrew Lambo Plantar Fasciitis Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/4)
04/06/15 P Brandon Cumpton Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Los Angeles Dodgers
09/16/15 LF Carl Crawford Back "?" Saturday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
09/16/15 SS Jimmy Rollins Finger out indefinitely
09/16/15 LF Scott Van Slyke Hand "?" Saturday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
09/15/15 2B Jose Peraza Hamstring out indefinitely
09/01/15 SS Enrique Hernandez Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/31)
08/28/15 RF Yasiel Puig Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/28)
04/28/15 P Brandon McCarthy Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/26), out for season
04/06/15 P Bronson Arroyo Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6), out for season
04/06/15 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Dodgers
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Josh Schonwald
Get all of Today's MLB Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert MLB Picks