Pittsburgh Pirates vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 8/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet LA
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+235) Los Angeles (-323)
Mitch White and the Los Angeles Dodgers (73-46, 2nd in NL West) host the Pittsburgh Pirates (42-77, 5th in NL Central) at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The Dodgers open this matchup at -323 while the Pirates are coming in at +235. The O/U is set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are JT Brubaker and Mitch White.
Pittsburgh is slugging .361 and have struck out 975 times, while taking a walk on 369 occasions. They have 404 runs batted in as well as 922 base knocks on the year, while their batting average sits at .235. The Pirates have hit 184 doubles as a squad and have smacked 92 baseballs out of the stadium. They have earned a total of 428 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .305. As a squad, the Pittsburgh Pirates are recording 3.6 runs per contest, which puts them at 30th in MLB.
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The Pirates are sitting with a team ERA of 5.06 this year (28th in baseball), and their staff has rung up 964 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.20 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.41. Pirates pitchers have conceded 153 long balls in addition to 609 runs in total (27th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 438 opposing players and their FIP is 4.70 as a unit on the season.
The Pirates have dispatched 409 relief pitchers to the mound on the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 152 base runners this season with 32.9% of those runners crossed the plate. They have compiled 15 saves over the course of the season and have blown 11 of their 26 chances to get a save. The Pirates relief pitchers have a save rate of 57.7% and has come into the game in 76 save situations. The relief pitchers have tallied 47 holds on the season (26th in the league). Pirates pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 90 times as well as having 88 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have earned a total of 3,061 putouts this year, in addition to 1,018 assists and 58 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .986 which ranks 7th in MLB, and have 840 double plays. The Pirates have converted 69.0% of baseballs in play into outs out of 9,183 innings on the diamond, ranking them 21st in pro baseball.
Brubaker (5-15 career record) has earned a FIP of 4.83 while facing 685 opposing batters in the majors. He has allowed 155 base hits (8.7 hits per 9 innings) and has had 48 walks. His earned run average is 5.07 (90 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.271. Brubaker has thrown 159 innings and has tallied 160 K's in his pro baseball career.
The Dodgers have a team SLG% of .427 and they average 5.22 runs per game (2nd in MLB). They have tallied 188 doubles, while walking 469 times and putting up 621 runs. Los Angeles has hit 167 home runs this season as well as 596 RBIs. They have struck out on 1,063 occasions (12th in MLB) and have totaled 996 hits. The Los Angeles Dodgers are sitting with an OBP of .336 in addition to a team batting average of .247 on the campaign.
The Dodgers hold a team WHIP of 1.128 and have a FIP of 3.62 as a squad for the season. They sit at 1st in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 823. The Los Angeles pitching staff have surrendered 427 runs over the course of the season while having an ERA of 3.08 (363 earned runs relinquished). Their K/BB ratio is 3.21 (1,197 strikeouts against 373 free passes). They have surrendered 124 homers and they allow 3.63 runs per 9 innings (1st in MLB).
Los Angeles relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 24.0% of 175 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have come in 145 times in high leverage situations and also on 123 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 130 save situations, the Dodgers have compiled 70 holds in addition to 24 blown saves. They are ranked 18th in baseball holding a save percentage of 58.6%, and they have dispatched 424 relief pitchers to the hill so far this year. Los Angeles has called on relief pitchers to take the mound in 58 save chances and they have tallied 34 saves.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have twisted 71 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .983 (20th in professional baseball). The Dodgers have racked up 957 assists, 70 errors and are sitting with 3,181 putouts this year. Out of their 9,543 innings played, the Dodgers hold a defensive efficiency of 71.6% (3rd in baseball).
White (1-1 career mark) holds a 3.48 earned run average and has surrendered 7.5 hits per nine innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.21 and he has faced 134 hitters so far in his pro baseball career. He has surrendered 12 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.290 and a FIP of 4.2. So far in his pro baseball career, White has allowed 26 hits while he has accumulated 31 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-323)
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