Francisco Liriano (7-6, 2.92 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (63-44) go up against Mat Latos (4-7, 4.29 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (62-47) in the second of a three-game series at PNC Park. The Pirates won the last game 5-4 and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and will air on FS1 and SNLA.
In his last start, Liriano pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs (one unearned) and striking out four in a 10-4 victory over the Twins. Andrew McCutchen (.294, 61 Rs, 16 HRs, 69 RBIs, 5 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs and one RBI. The Dodgers were unsuccessful to the Angels 5-3 the last time Latos pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out one and walking one. Justin Turner (.323, 36 Rs, 13 HRs, 44 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Pittsburgh, a -133 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. The Pirates perform well as a favorite with a 52-26 record and have an overall money line of +1,081. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (5-2). Pittsburgh's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 4.9 during that span, compared to its 3.6 season average. The Pirates don't give up many hits to opposing batters at PNC Park, ranking fourth in the NL with only 8.3 hits allowed per home game.
Switching gears, the Dodgers come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-841) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the underdog (7-4). Los Angeles is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 134 home runs. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.20 on the year, good for fourth in the league. The Los Angeles pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an NL-best 8.7 strikeouts per game.
So far this season, the Pirates are 1-0 against the Dodgers. This game will feature Latos (RHP) on the mound against the Pirates, who have a 52-35 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Liriano will take the mound against the Dodgers, who have an 8-10 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Pit, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Dodgers lost by a margin of one run. The Pirates are 23-14 in one-run games. The Dodgers have a 15-18 record in close games.
The Pirates managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are coming in with a 23-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 12-34. The Pirates have a 14-34 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom of the league at 26th when it comes to home runs, hitting 86 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with 134.
Ranking 11th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.44 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.86.
Ranking 18th, Pittsburgh is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.705). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .756.
The Dodgers are 26-32 when they allow at least one home run. The Pirates perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 25-28 record.