Los Angeles Vs Pittsburgh MLB Odds Analysis

Los Angeles Vs Pittsburgh MLB Odds Analysis

Written by on June 24, 2016

Prior to the start of the current MLB season, there were a number of teams who were identified as potential favorites to win it all. While a few of those teams are living up to the hype, there are also some who are seriously floundering right now. There is still plenty of time for those teams to get things turned around, but each passing week sees the window start to close a little more. Two teams who fall into the struggling favorites category are going head to head on Sunday with the hopes that a series win might be enough to get their seasons back on track. The big-spending LA Dodgers will be heading to Pittsburgh to face a Pirates team that is seriously underperforming this season. Both teams are well off the pace in their respective divisions, which makes every game they play incredibly important. The sportsbook odds may well show that these two teams are a pretty even match, which makes this game a very good betting opportunity.

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Odds Analysis

When: Sunday, June 26 at 8 PM EST Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Starting Pitchers: Clayton Kershaw Vs Undecided TV: ESPN MLB Odds: TBA  

Why bet on the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers (41-33) are not having a particularly bad season, but they are struggling to keep pace with the red-hot San Francisco Giants, who have opened up a 6-game lead at the top of the NL West. The problem for the Dodgers is that much more is expected out of them given how much money they have spent on salaries in recent seasons. In fairness, though, they are playing well at the moment, and are on a 6 game winning streak, as well as having won 8 of their last 10 games. The Dodgers are 18-18 on the road this season, and went 3-3 on their last road trip. Clayton Kershaw (11-1, 1.57 ERA) will get the start for the Dodgers.

Why bet on the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates (34-39) have been a total disappointment this season, and are already 14 games back of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. It has been the month of June that has been the undoing of the Pirates, as they came into this month 7 games above .500. They have since gone just 4-16, and need a massive turnaround if they are to just get back into the Wild Card picture. Their biggest problem this month has been pitching, with the team ERA now sitting at 4.57, which puts them very near the bottom of the MLB pack. On the bright side, the Pirates do have a winning record at home, where they are 1 game above .500.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

It’s always tough to bet against the Los Angeles Dodgers when they send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, as he has been totally dominant this season. I like this to be a pretty comfortable win for the visitors.

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