Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, begins this series that many have wanted to see this season, but the Dodgers has not done well at home, have the same number of games lost than won, but they have time to improve the record. The Pirates arrive with hopes of winning, the last 10 games on the road have been the best they have had since the start of the season.
Los Angeles Dodgers: The season has been tough for us.
The last series at home for the Dodgers finished 1-2 against the Rockies, it was a painful defeat right after tying a long series of 4 games against the Cubs. The first game at home this month was on June 8, they won the game, they lost the second and then they won a winning streak of 5 games sweeping the Braves and almost the Giants 2-1.
Everyone expected the Dodgers to recover in June, but it has not been so far. The Dodgers still need help in the bullpen, so far they have not been able to demonstrate the full potential.
Alex Wood will go to the mound tonight to face the Pirates, 4 wins and 5 losses for him in the season, 4.00 ERA and 1,163 WHIP. Wood aspires to have another excellent year like in 2017 when he won 16 of 19 games, it was the best record of his MLB career.
Pittsburgh Pirates: We have improved our record.
Los Pirates has also been suffering, it is not the only team that has done badly on the road throughout the season, one of the worst losing streaks with 8 games, they were swept by the Phillies and Nationals, this we had already commented on in other previews but we can not forget those details, on the road the Pirates are 19-22 with 46.3% effectiveness.
Nick Kingham in his first year as a professional in MLB has 2 wins and 3 losses, 3.82 ERA, 0.991 WHIP. It has not been a bad year for him, but playing today against the Dodgers could be dangerous. The Pirates are only scoring 4.41 runs on average, the defense has done a good job, plus 8.29 hits on the road per game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 02/7/2018 is: Take the Los Angeles dodgers -175 (moneyline)
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