Dodgers vs Pirates Prediction - MLB Picks 4/27/23

Pittsburgh Pirates (16-8) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (13-11)

Game Info: Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 12:35 pm (PNC Park)

Mitch Keller (2-0) (3.64) vs Julio Urias (3-2) (3.33)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +140 / Los Angeles Dodgers -182 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Los Angeles Dodgers for their series finale from PNC Park on the MLB Network. Pittsburgh humbled Los Angeles last night with a seven-run win, 8-1.

Dodgers Betting Preview

Los Angeles moved 13-12 after falling to Pittsburgh. The Dodgers had their four-game win streak snapped last night, and they’ll look to leave PA with a victory here. The Los Angeles offense is scoring 5.04 runs per game, while batting .238, with a .360 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.30 ERA, with a 1.19 WHIP. James Outman leads the team in batting (.301) and RBI (19). after recording multiple hits in three of the last six games. Freddie Freeman has produced a run in both games versus the Pirates, and he’s first on the team in hits (26).

Julio Urias (3-2, 3.33 ERA, 30 Ks) will take the mound for Los Angeles. The eighth-year lefty struggled in his previous start at Wrigley versus the Cubs, only lasting 3.1 innings, while allowing five runs en route to a second straight losing decision. Prior to the loss, Urias had been steady through his first handful of outings, delivered three straight quality starts to open the season, and only allowed five earned runs combined. Urias has also cleared six strikeouts in four of five appearances. 

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Pirates Betting Preview

Pittsburgh comes in 17-8 after defeating Cincinnati. The Pirates have won eight of their last nine games, and they’ll look to win their third straight series here. The Pittsburgh offense is scoring 3.95 runs per game, while batting .246, with a .325 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.15 ERA, with a 1.43 WHIP. Connor Joe is first on the team in batting (.301), despite carrying a four-game hitless streak. Bryan Reynolds has recorded a RBI in both meetings, and he’s up to a team-lead 18.  Andrew McCutchen has produced four runs against the Dodgers this week.

Mitch Keller (2-0, 3.64 ERA, 9 Ks) will pitch game three for Pittsburgh. The fifth-year righty put together a great month of April, rebounding from a tough Opening Day spot to deliver four straight quality starts which resulted in four wins for the Pirates. Keller pitched gems versus Boston and Houston, and he earned his second victory last time out after striking out five in six innings against Cincinnati. 

Los Angeles vs Pittsburgh Trends

Los Angeles is 11-13 against the spread this season, with a 11-9 over/under record. Pittsburgh is 15-9 ATS this year, with a 9-11-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

Pittsburgh struck back in a big way last night, and the rubber match should generate some good afternoon baseball. Both pitchers have come out in strong form, so with no clear advantage on the mound, the host can send a message to the NL with a series win over the Dodgers. The Pirates are for real this season, and I think they keep things close here in the game three. Spot Pittsburgh the runs this Thursday.

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Corey’s Pick Pirates +1.5

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