Preview: Dodgers at Pirates

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GAME: Los Angeles Dodgers (56-46) at Pittsburgh Pirates (53-47)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 23 - 7:05 PM EST
WHERE: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
LINE: 121, -131 TOTAL: 7.5


The Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers had the ball flying out of PNC Park for the middle contest of their three-game series, which wraps up with the rubber match Wednesday. The Pirates slugged three homers and the Dodgers two in Pittsburgh's 12-7 win to even the series, marking the Pirates' first multi-homer game at home since June 9. They've also given up their share of blasts at home, allowing 40 homers at PNC Park this season after surrendering only 37 at home all of last season.

One of the players who went deep for Pittsburgh on Tuesday was second baseman Neil Walker, who is hitting .478 during a six-game hitting streak. The Pirates haven't had to contend with Dodgers stars Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig so far in the series, as both remain day-to-day after being hit in the hand by pitches during a weekend series in St. Louis. Puig was available to pinch hit Tuesday — though he was not used — but Ramirez was unavailable.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, SportsNet (Los Angeles), ROOT (Pittsburgh)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Dan Haren (8-7, 4.30 ERA) vs. Pirates LH Francisco Liriano (1-7, 4.43)

July has not been kind to Haren, who has a 9.64 ERA in three starts this month — all losses. He has failed to survive the fifth inning in two straight outings, allowing three runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 frames in a loss at St. Louis on Friday. The 33-year-old is 3-2 with a 4.92 ERA in nine starts against Pittsburgh and won his only decision in two outings at PNC Park.

Liriano is winless since May 30, but that stretch spans only four starts thanks to a month on the disabled list with a strained oblique. The 30-year-old struggled in his first start after coming off the DL but was better last time out, allowing one unearned run and three hits over five innings. Liriano has been lights-out in two previous starts against the Dodgers — the victim of his only win in 2014 — winning both and allowing two runs over 12 frames.

WALK-OFFS

1. Pittsburgh has won 14 straight games when scoring in the first inning but has not done so since July 12 at Cincinnati.

2. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters he was impressed with Matt Kemp's play in right field Monday and will consider using Puig in center when he returns to the lineup.

3. Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez left Tuesday's game with left knee discomfort and is day-to-day.

PREDICTION: Pirates 5, Dodgers 4

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Dodgers 56-46 L1 25-24 31-22 9-10 10-10 29-18 8-8
Pittsburgh 53-47 W1 33-21 20-26 12-5 22-30 13-5 6-7

Last Meeting

LA Dodgers Pittsburgh
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/22/14 LA 7 PIT 12 .257 2 .786 .343 3 1.122

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA A. Gonzalez .444 8 1.319
PIT R. Martin .333 5 1.057
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA H. Ramirez 2 4 7
PIT I. Davis 2 4 3
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA 4.92 .263 39
PIT 4.58 .261 50
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Y. Puig .308 107 .915
PIT A. McCutchen .319 119 .976
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA A. Gonzalez 15 49 65
PIT A. McCutchen 17 59 62
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA 3.38 .258 854
PIT 3.71 .257 731

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -145 125
-105
7.5
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu
-125
120
108
7.5
CarbonSports -140 120
-105
7.5
GTBets.eu -130 120
100
7.5
Top Bet -140
130
100
7.5
SBO.ag -136 116
100
7.5
BetDSI -140 121
-108
7.5
Sportsbook -140 120
-105
7.5
BookMaker.eu -140 121
-108
7.5
Vegas Odds
LVH -140 130
-105
7.5
Mirage -140 120
-105
7.5
Station -140 125 OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

LA Dodgers Overall Pittsburgh
56-46 W/L 53-47
50-52 RL W/L 54-46
48-49-5 O/U 45-47-8
4.16 Runs For 4.17
3.71 Runs Against 4.12
LA Dodgers A/H Pittsburgh
31-22 W/L 33-21
30-23 RL W/L 28-26
20-31-2 O/U 24-24-6
4.51 Runs For 4.48
3.77 Runs Against 4.04