Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.52 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (41-36) are in Pittsburgh to go up against Francisco Liriano (4-7, 5.17 ERA) and the Pirates (37-39) in a game that could have plenty of offense. This is the last of a four-game series at PNC Park. The Pirates won the last game 4-3, and Pittsburgh can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. The game starts at 12:35 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 27 and will air on SNLA and RTPT.
In his last start, Liriano pitched 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking three in a 7-6 loss to the Giants. Starling Marte (.327, 38 Rs, 6 HRs, 28 RBIs, 20 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Dodgers were victorious over the Nationals 3-2 the last time Kazmir pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking one. Corey Seager (.298, 50 Rs, 16 HRs, 38 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
The Dodgers are a -107 favorite for this early first pitch with a total of 8.5 runs.
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In their last game, the Dodgers lost by a margin of one run. The Pirates are 11-10 in one-run games. The Dodgers have a 12-14 record in close games.
The Pirates managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are coming in with a 16-16 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Pirates have a slight leg up on the Dodgers, as the Pirates have won their last three games while the Dodgers have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 28-9. The Pirates have a 26-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 319 this season. Pittsburgh ranks 13th with 350 runs.
Ranking 27th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.694). Pittsburgh ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .756.
The Dodgers are 17-26 when they allow at least one home run. The Pirates perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 20-32 record.