Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates- Tuesday, July 22
BetAnySports’ current line: Pirates -118/108 and the total is 8 -110
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates will continue a three-game set at PNC Park this week with Game 2 this Tuesday night with a scheduled start of 7:05 p.m. (ET). Josh Beckett is scheduled to get the start for the Dodgers and Vance Worley is penciled-in as the starter for Pittsburgh. The Pirates have been opened by BetAnySports as 110 favorites at home and the total has been set at 8.
The Dodgers (55-45) head into this series tied with San Francisco for the lead in the NL West. They dropped two of three to St. Louis on the road this past weekend to kick things off in the second half of the MLB regular season. They avoided a sweep with a 4-3 victory on Sunday with staff ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound. BetAnySports’ closing MLB moneyline listed Los Angeles as a prohibitive 174 road favorite in that game. The Dodgers have been opened as 113 road favorites for Monday’s series opener against Pittsburgh with the total set at 7.5.
Los Angeles remains one of the top scoring teams in the NL with an average of 4.12 runs a game. Its pitching is also ranked near the top of the list with a 3.30 team ERA. Beckett recently spent some time on the DL with a hip injury and he will be making his first start since July 6. The right-hander is 6-5 this season with a 2.26 ERA in 17 previous starts.
Pittsburgh finds itself in the thick of the NL Central Division race with an overall record of 52-46. It is an even 5-5 in its last 10 games, but coming off a three-game sweep of Colorado this past weekend. The Pirates outscored the Rockies 12-7 in that series to improve to 32-20 at home this year. They are now a game and a half behind both Milwaukee and St. Louis heading into this series.
This is another team that has gotten some solid production at the plate this season with an average of 4.11 runs a game. The issue through much of the first half has been an inconsistent pitching staff that is ranked ninth in the NL with a team ERA of 3.69. Worley has been in and out of the starting rotation and he will be making his first start since July 8. The right-hander has been tagged for nine earned runs on 17 combined hits in his last three starts.
Both of these starters come into Tuesday’s game with more questions than answers when it comes to current form. Given the ability that both of these teams have to score runs I am going with the OVER 8 on BetAnySports’ betting odds for this game.