Mike Bolsinger (6-3, 3.13 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (85-62) square off against Gerrit Cole (16-8, 2.60 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (88-60) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Pirates won the last game 3-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 20 and can be seen on RTPT and SNLA.
Bolsinger pitched 3.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out one and walking four in a 9-5 defeat to the Diamondbacks. Justin Turner (.290, 49 Rs, 15 HRs, 55 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. Cole went 6.1 innings, surrendering three runs (one unearned) and striking out eight in a 5-4 defeat to the Cubs in his most recent start. Andrew McCutchen (.298, 86 Rs, 22 HRs, 95 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two RBIs.
Pittsburgh takes on Los Angeles as a -123 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Dodgers have an overall money line of -398 and a record as the underdog of 10-9. Los Angeles has gone winless (0-2) as the underdog and 7-3 SU in its last 10 outings. Los Angeles leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 3.5 per game. Turning to the pitchers, the Dodgers are the top team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.18 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who rank second in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.7.
In the other locker room, Pittsburgh is coming in with an overall money line of +1,529 and an impressive record of 69-35 as the favorite.
The Pirates lead the season series, 4-1. The Dodgers have a 67-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Cole takes the mound. Bolsinger (LHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 15-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Pirates won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Dodgers are 21-24. The Pirates are 33-17 in close games this season.
The Dodgers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are coming in with a 35-12 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 14-45. The Pirates have a 19-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom of the league at 22nd when it comes to home runs, hitting 128 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 173.
Ranking 12th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.40 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.02.
Ranking 18th, Pittsburgh is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.718). Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .747.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 36-36. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 36-43 record.