The Pittsburgh Pirates travel to the City of Angels to open a three-game set against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday at Dodger Stadium.
Archer Looking To Bounce Back
Chris Archer will get the opportunity to start on top of the hill for the Pirates. The 30-year-old right-hander has started four games this season and has a record of 1-1 with an ERA of 2.74, a WHIP of 1.13 and BAA of .205. Archer has allowed a total of 7 runs on 17 hits with 3 home runs, 9 walks and 25 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched this season.
In his last outing, Archer was pitching good when he made a mistake and Buster Posey homered off a fastball to give the Giants a 3-2 win over the Pirates. Archer admitted his stuff was not sharp. Coming off regular rest, he hopes to bounce back especially since the Pirates are 0-2 in his last two starts.
Josh Bell is the main man on the Pittsburgh offense as he leads the team with 17 RBIs, 5 home runs and a .299 batting average this season. As a team, the Pirates have scored a total of 75 runs this season with a batting average of .231, slugging of .372 and OBP of .304.
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Ryu Dominant At Home
For the Dodgers, it will be Huy-Jin Ryu who will open on top of the mound against the Pirates. The 32-year-old left-hander from Incheon, South Korea has started in four games this season and has put up a record of 2-1 with an ERA of 3.1, a WHIP of 0.98 and a BAA of .234
Ryu made a successful return from the injured list last Saturday in Milwaukee. Although the Dodgers lost 5-0, he gave up just two runs, both home runs scored by Christian Yelich. Ryu is getting an extra day of rest for this contest and will be pitching at home where he’s 7-2 in his last 11 starts.
Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 30 RBIs, 12 home runs and a batting average of .424. The Dodgers have scored a total of 144 runs this season and have batted at .260 while slugging at .477 with an on-base percentage of .353.
Heading to Thursday’s games, the Pirates are 5-5 SU in their last 10 games played. Pittsburgh is 3-1 SU in their last four games played. The Dodgers are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games played. Los Angeles is 4-0 SU in their last 10 games played at home. Head to head, the Dodgers are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games played against the Pirates. Los Angeles is also 3-0 SU in their last 3 meetings at Dodger Stadium.
The Pirates are 6-4 SU on the road this season. Pittsburgh is 4-4 SU in eight road games against National League teams and 3-2 SU vs left-handed starters. The Dodgers are 9-4 SU in 13 home games played so far. Los Angeles is 12-7 SU against right-handed pitchers, 15-9 as favorites and 3-0 SU in Ryu’s last three starts against the Pirates. Los Angeles is also 20-8 SU in their last 28 games played at Dodger Stadium.
Entering their final game in their current set against the Diamondbacks, the Pittsburgh pitching staff has struggled in its last three games, giving up a total of 25 runs during the period. Meanwhile, the Dodgers rank 8th in the league in runs per game at 5.54.
Archer has been inconsistent this season while Ryu has been very good at home, going 7-2 SU in his last 11 starts at Dodger Stadium. Look for Archer to struggle against the Dodgers offense with Los Angeles scoring enough runs while getting another solid effort from Ryu against a team he’s had success pitching against.
I’m picking the Los Angeles Dodgers to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on 4/26/19.
Other Bet To Make
Entering Thursday’s schedule, the total has gone under in seven out of the last 10 games played by the Pirates. The under is 3-1 in the last four road games played by Pittsburgh. The total has also gone under in seven out of the last 10 games played by the Dodgers. Los Angeles has seen the total go under in their last four home games. Head to head, the over has hit in seven out of the last 10 games between these two teams.
O +7.5 +100
U -7.5 -120
Odds from betonline.ag as of 4/26/19
The Pirates have scored an average of 2.25 runs per game in their last four games before Game 4 of their set against the Diamondbacks. Meanwhile, Ryu has allowed Pittsburgh to score just two runs per game in the three games he’s pitched against the Pirates. Los Angeles is also averaging just 3.57 runs per game in their last seven games played. Ryu will be looking for a statement win after his injury issues. Look for the Dodgers to score just enough runs to put this game away with Ryu delivering another impressive outing against the Pirates.
Prediction: Under 7.5