Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Picks Against the Spread 5/25/2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Joe Musgrove
Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers (32-18, 1st in NL West) go to PNC Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Pirates (25-22, 3rd in NL Central). The Pirates open this contest at +140 while the Dodgers are priced at -150. The O/U has been set at 8.
The Dodgers have been a strong pick for MLB bettors, having gone 32-18-0 SU. The Pirates cover 53.2% of the time, going 25-22-0 straight up. The Dodgers have been a strong pick for MLB bettors as a favorite, going 32-16-0 SU. Pittsburgh has gone 14-13-0 straight up as an underdog, so they cover 51.8% of the time.
Valuable Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Dodgers have been a good Over option for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 25-23-2.
Los Angeles is covering 52.0% of the time as a visitor, having gone 13-12-0 straight up.
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pirates cover 47.6% of the time at PNC Park, going 10-11-0 SU.
The Pirates have been a bad Under option for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 26-21-0.
Key Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries
05/18/19 P Kenta Maeda Thigh 10-day IL (05/16)
05/14/19 P Julio Urias Personal 10-day IL (05/14)
04/30/19 CF A.J. Pollock Elbow 10-day IL (04/30)
03/25/19 P Tony Cingrani Shoulder 10-day IL (03/25)
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
05/16/19 P Trevor Williams Side 10-day IL (05/17)
05/14/19 3B Jung Ho Kang Side 10-day IL (05/13)
05/08/19 P Keone Kela Elbow 10-day IL (05/06)
05/04/19 P Jameson Taillon Elbow 60-day IL (05/04)
04/23/19 P Nick Burdi Elbow 60-day IL (04/23)
04/21/19 C Jacob Stallings Neck 10-day IL (04/18)
04/20/19 2B Erik Gonzalez Collarbone 60-day IL (04/20)
04/04/19 LF Corey Dickerson Shoulder 10-day IL (04/04)
03/30/19 P Edgar Santana Elbow 60-day IL (03/30); is out for season
03/28/19 RF Lonnie Chisenhall Finger 10-day IL (03/28)
03/25/19 P Chad Kuhl Elbow 60-day IL (03/01)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Dodgers have a 32-18 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has a 6-1 record with an earned run average of 1.52 and a WHIP of 0.74 this season. He has 59 strikeouts over his 59.1 innings pitched and he's given up 40 hits. He's allowed 6.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.61. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.62 and they have given up 139 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen and they've struck out 153 hitters and walked 48 batters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 7.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.47. The Dodgers pitchers collectively have given up 368 base hits and 171 earned runs. They have allowed 60 home runs this season, ranking them 24th in the league. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 114 batters and struck out 441. They have walked 2.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.09 and their FIP as a unit is 3.76.
As a team Los Angeles is hitting .252, good for 12th in the league. The Dodgers hold a .446 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .341, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Cody Bellinger is hitting .394 with an on-base percentage of .478. He has 67 hits this season in 170 at bats with 44 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .765 and an OPS+ of 229. Justin Turner is hitting .282 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .378. He has totaled 46 hits and he has driven in 23 men in 163 at bats. His OPS+ is 119 while his slugging percentage is at .429. The Dodgers have 417 hits, including 72 doubles and 77 home runs. Los Angeles has walked 205 times so far this season and they have struck out 397 times as a unit. They have left 362 men on base and have a team OPS of .787. They score 5.14 runs per contest and have scored a total of 257 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 25-22 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.67, Joe Musgrove has a 3-4 record and a 1.07 WHIP. He has 44 strikeouts over the 54 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 41 hits. He's allowing 6.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.05. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.60 and they have given up 167 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 201 batters and walked 79 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.38. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 393 base knocks and 205 earned runs this season. They have given up 51 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 160 hitters and struck out 425 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 3.90.
As a team, they are batting .245, good for 18th in the league. The Pirates hold a .391 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Josh Bell comes into this matchup batting .339 with an OBP of .408. He has 60 hits this year along with 47 RBI in 177 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .718 with an OPS+ of 199. Melky Cabrera is hitting .333 this season and he has an OBP of .370. He has collected 46 hits in 138 at bats while driving in 15 runs. He has an OPS+ of 127 and a slugging percentage of .464. The Pirates as a unit have 397 base hits, including 78 doubles and 47 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 130 times this year and they have struck out on 394 occasions. They have had 329 men left on base and have an OPS of .697. They have scored 3.96 runs per game and totaled 186 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Dodgers/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates +140
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