The Los Angeles Dodgers have been tagged with a loss in six of their last eight games against the Pittsburgh Pirates as they send Clayton Kershaw to the mound on Friday night in baseball betting action between two postseason contenders.
Kershaw sits at 9-6 with a 2.37 ERA on the season, and since the All-Star break he’s gone 3-0 and allowed no runs on eight hits over his 25 innings of work. Gerrit Cole (14-5, 2.29 ERA) will hit the hill for the Pirates on Friday night.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the Pittsburgh Pirates as 127 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 6 at shops such as Bodog.
Odds – VSB score prediction models pick a 4.5-4.3 result in favor of the Pirates today.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Pittsburgh Pirates bring a 62-44 record to the battle against the 62-46 Dodgers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Los Angeles injuries news.
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pittsburgh Pirates rated this week at No. 23 and the Los Angeles Dodgers sitting at No. 13.
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has baseball’s No. 17-rated offensive output, at 8.86 hits per game. The Los Angeles Dodgers average 8.44 hits per game, good for No. 20 on the list.
Defensively, Los Angeles features the No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.75 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 17 at home, scoring 4.06 runs per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Los Angeles got the job done in their last match in a 10-8 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park behind starter Z Greinke.
The Pirates grabbed a win last time out, defeating D Haren and the Cubs 7-5 on Wednesday at PNC Park.
- LA Dodgers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- LA Dodgers is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing Pittsburgh
- LA Dodgers is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Dodgers’s last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
- Pittsburgh is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games at home
- Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing LA Dodgers
Next Betting Matchups
Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, Saturday, August 8th