LA Dodgers vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction MLB Picks 6/5/24

Pittsburgh Pirates (27-32) vs LA Dodgers (38-23)

Game Info: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 6:40 pm (PNC Park)

Paul Skenes (2-0) (2.45) vs James Paxton (5-0) (3.29)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -109 / LA Dodgers -109 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet Wednesday in MLB action from PNC Park. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a LA Dodgers vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Los Angeles Dodgers will send out James Paxton for the start here and Paxton is 5-0 with a 3.29 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. This will be Paxton’s second career start against the Pirates. Paul Skenes will start for the Pirates here and Skenes is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This will be Skenes’ first career start against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers Recap

The Los Angeles Dodgers come into this one looking to bounce back after opening the series with a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Pirates in Tuesday’s series-opening matchup. The loss puts their run of back-to-back series wins in jeopardy after series wins over the Rockies and Mets over the last week.

Dodgers Still Loaded Despite Loss

Going into Tuesday’s opener, Shohei Ohtani has 74 hits including a team-high 14 home runs, 17 doubles and 38 RBIs with a .322 batting average while Mookie Betts has a team-high 76 hits with 14 doubles, 3 triples, 9 homers and 32 RBIs of his own. Teoscar Hernandez also has 12 home runs with 38 RBIs and a team-high 76 strikeouts. Betts also has 9 stolen bases while Ohtani has a team-high 14 stolen bases. Freddie Freeman also has 35 RBIs with 16 doubles and Will Smith has added 15 doubles, 9 home runs and 37 RBIs.

Why the Los Angeles Dodgers will win

  • The Pirates have lost each of their last five games as home favorites.
  • The Dodgers have won each of their last four games as road underdogs against National League opponents following a loss.
  • The Pirates have failed to cover the run line in each of their last 10 Wednesday night games as favorites against National League opponents.
  • The underdogs have covered the run line in 11 of the Pirates' last 12 games at PNC Park.
  • The Dodgers have led after 3 innings in six of their last nine games as road underdogs.
  • The Dodgers have led after 5 innings in three of their last four games as road underdogs against National League opponents.

Pittsburgh Pirates Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to keep their momentum going after their series-opening win over the Dodgers on Tuesday, which is just what the doctor ordered for Pittsburgh after a series loss to the Blue Jays over the weekend.

Pirates Struggling With Offense Even After Victory

Entering Tuesday, Bryan Reynolds leads the Pirates with 60 hits with 12 doubles along with 8 home runs and 32 RBIs while Andrew McCutchen has a team-high 8 home runs and Jack Suwinski has a team-high 5 stolen bases. Oneil Cruz leads the Pirates with 76 strikeouts while also posting 13 doubles, 7 home runs and 20 RBIs and Connor Joe has a .280 batting average and a team-high 14 doubles as well this season.

Why the Pittsburgh Pirates will win

  • The Dodgers have lost each of their last five road games against NL Central opponents.
  • The home team has won six of the last seven games between the Dodgers and Pirates.
  • The Pirates have covered the run line in 10 of their last 11 night games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The Dodgers have failed to cover the run line in seven of their last eight road games against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • The Dodgers have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last five road games against NL Central opponents.
  • The Dodgers have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last three games against NL Central opponents.

LA Dodgers vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction

I’m on the Pirates here. This line freaks me out a little bit, almost like someone knows something. Maybe the Skenes hype is real? I mean the Pirates are 3-1 in his four starts and the one loss was when the bullpen let it get away against San Francisco. The Dodgers have the better lineup, but I think Skenes rises to the occasion in this one and pushes Pittsburgh to the win here. Give me the Pirates.

Chris’s Pick Pittsburgh -109

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