Pittsburgh Pirates vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 8/17/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet LA
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+340) Los Angeles (-526)
David Price and the Los Angeles Dodgers (72-46, 2nd in NL West) host the Pittsburgh Pirates (42-76, 5th in NL Central) at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. The Pirates open this matchup at +340 while the Dodgers are priced at -526. The O/U is set at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Wil Crowe and David Price.
As a squad, the Pittsburgh Pirates are scoring 3.6 runs per game, which puts them at 30th in baseball. They have accounted for 427 runs while holding a team OBP of .305. The Pirates have compiled 183 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 92 baseballs out of the park. They have accounted for 404 runs batted in as well as 917 base knocks on the year, and their batting average comes in at .235. Pittsburgh is slugging .362 and have been called out on strikes 965 times, while being walked on 364 occasions.
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The Pirates are sitting with a team ERA of 5.08 this season (28th in the league), and the staff has rung up 957 batters. Their K/BB ratio is 2.19 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.41. Pirates pitchers have given up 151 long balls and 607 total runs (27th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 436 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.68 as a squad for the season.
Pirates relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 89 times and also have had 85 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have recorded 47 holds on the year (26th in MLB). The Pirates relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 60.0% and has come into the game in 75 save situations. They have compiled 15 saves this year and have blown 10 of 25 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 150 runners this season and 33.3% of them earned a run for their team. The Pirates have dispatched 406 relief pitchers to the mound this year.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have earned 3,037 putouts on the year, in addition to 1,010 assists and 58 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .986 which has them sitting 7th in the majors, and have accumulated 832 double plays. The Pirates have transformed 68.9% of balls in play into outs out of 9,111 innings on the field, which has them ranked 22nd in baseball.
Crowe (3-9 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 6.47 while going up against 405 opposing hitters in the major leagues. He has given up 99 base hits (10.0 hits per nine innings) with 48 free passes. His ERA is 5.89 (58 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.658. Crowe has taken the mound for 88 innings and has earned 83 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career.
The Dodgers have a team slugging % of .427 and they tally 5.25 runs per game (2nd in baseball). They have recorded 187 doubles, while getting a free base 467 times and recording 619 runs. Los Angeles has accounted for 165 HRs this season as well as 593 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 1,056 instances (12th in MLB) and have earned 990 base hits. The Los Angeles Dodgers are sitting with a team on-base percentage of .336 as well as a team batting average of .247 on the campaign.
The Dodgers have a team WHIP of 1.128 and have a FIP of 3.63 as a team over the course of the season. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 3.23 (1,187 strikeouts against 368 free passes). They have a ranking of 1st in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 818. They have surrendered 124 HR's and they relinquish 3.65 runs per 9 innings (1st in MLB). The Los Angeles pitching staff have conceded 426 runs on the campaign while holding an ERA of 3.11 (363 earned runs conceded).
Sitting with 129 save situations, the Dodgers have earned 70 holds in addition to 24 blown saves. Los Angeles has called on relievers to enter the contest in 57 save chances and they have come away with 33 saves. Their relievers have taken the field 142 times in high leverage situations in addition to 122 occasions with runners on base. Los Angeles bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 24.4% of 172 inherited runners. They sit at 22nd in baseball with a save rate of 57.9%, and they have sent 419 relievers to the mound so far this season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have turned 71 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .983 (20th in pro baseball). The Dodgers have recorded 953 assists, 69 errors and have a tally of 3,154 putouts over the course of the season. In their 9,462 innings on the diamond, the Dodgers hold a efficiency on defense of 71.6% (3rd in professional baseball).
Price (154-81 career win-loss mark) has a 3.32 earned run average while allowing 8.1 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.74 and he has faced 8,554 hitters so far in his pro baseball career. He has conceded 768 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.159 and a FIP of 3.4. During his MLB career, Price has given up 1,874 base hits while earning 2,028 strikeouts in 2,084 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-526)
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