MLB Betting: Dodgers at Pirates Odds
By Steven Wisner
If your favorite baseball team isn’t playing tonight, make the games more interesting by betting on MLB odds at BookMaker sportsbook! This is the only online wagering outlet that offers early MLB moneylines, runlines and totals. First pitch for the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 8:08 p.m. ET at PNC Park. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
The featured game on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball should be interesting to watch with Clayton Kershaw on the mound against a team that’s seen a huge offensive drop off of late.
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The Dodgers have won six straight games and eight of their last nine and will have a chance to rest with an off-day on Thursday before kicking off a four game series against the Pirates.
Pittsburgh, on the other hand, has now lost five series in a row and 12 of 14 games overall. They’re finding new ways to lose every night and are quickly seeing their slim playoff dreams slide away.
Heading into Thursday, the Dodgers had pulled nearly even in total money at -$59 while the Pirates recent stretch of losses have cost stubborn bettors who’ve refused to abandon ship. The Bucs’ total moneyline now sits at -$786.
The Dodgers haven’t announced Sunday night’s starter, but Clayton Kershaw is lined up to make the start.
The ace southpaw is having his best season to date, which is scary for a pitcher that’s finished in the top three in NL Cy Young voting each of the last five seasons—winning three times.
In his league leading 15 starts and 115 innings of work, Kershaw is tops in wins (11), ERA (1.57), shut outs (three), and strikeouts (141).
As impressive as all of those standard metrics and numbers are, his ratios are even better. He’s walked only seven batters all season long, giving him a historically dominant 20.14 strikeout to walk ratio. With nearly no free passes and a league leading 5.5 hits per nine innings, his WHIP all the way down to 0.670.
Kershaw has pitched fewer than seven innings in a start just once all season and has allowed more than two runs in only one occasion as well. He’s now thrown 10 straight quality starts and has struck out at least 10 batters in nine of his last 12 games.
Over his career, the 28-year old southpaw is 2-2 against Pittsburgh with a 2.90 ERA in 10 starts.
The Pirates have yet to point to the starter getting the dubious task of going against Kershaw.
It would be Juan Nicasio’s turn in the rotation, but his status is uncertain as he’s been out on administrative leave dealing with a family issue. Wilfredo Boscan made the start in his place last time around, but he’s already off the roster again, getting sent to Indianapolis for Kyle Lobstein.
Lobstein could get the start. He’s pitched only in relief for the Pirates this year, but did make a couple starts at Triple-A.
Nicasio may be back by Sunday, but Clint Hurdle already alluded to the idea that Nicasio may be worked back into things in relief.
Pirates fans continue to clamor for a promotion for top-prospect Tyler Glasnow given his 1.61 ERA, but he wouldn’t be on rotation. Justin Masterson, however, would be on normal rest. The former Indians’ ace was signed to a minor league deal earlier this year, but hasn’t stood out in Triple-A. In fact, he walked four batters in his last start.
The Pirates’ offense has gone cold and a matchup against Kershaw is not the way to get back on track.
Andrew McCutchen, however, has looked lost at the plate against mediocre arms, maybe playing up to the competition will help. He’s actually done well against Kershaw in his career, going 9-for-24 with a home run, giving him a 1.006 OPS.
Outside of McCutchen, neither Gregory Polanco nor David Freese have looked overmatched against Kershaw. The former is 3-for-8 with a homer against him while Freese is 6-for-21 with a pair of doubles.
Still, an offense is more than just three bats and Kershaw is even better this year than he’s even been in his career.
All in all, the Pirates’ bats need to get going, but that’s a tough task against Kershaw. Look for another low scoring affair out of the guys in yellow in black.
As for the Dodgers, their offense has been the definition of average.
The Dodgers may be lacking, particularly for a team with such a bloated payroll, but Los Angeles is the best team in baseball whenever Kershaw takes the hill. They can rely on him to hold the opposition down, go deep in the game and allow the offense to win it with just a couple of runs.
L.A.’s offense may not be great. The team’s .235 average is concerning, but overall, they’re still in the middle of the pack in runs scored. They’re also going against a team that’s struggled to find ways to win games of late and are unsure of who’ll even be making the start on Sunday night.
Power is another advantage for the Dodgers. The Pirates are led in homers by Jung Ho Kang who missed the first month of the season.