Ross Stripling (3-3, 3.79 ERA) and Ivan Nova (8-6, 4.83 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (64-50) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (57-55) at Dodger Stadium. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 12 and can be seen on SNLA and RTPT.
Stripling pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out four and walking one in a 3-0 win over the Red Sox. Corey Seager (.305, 73 Rs, 21 HRs, 55 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 2 for 3. Nova went 7.0 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out five in a 5-3 win over the Reds in his most recent start. David Freese (.283, 51 Rs, 11 HRs, 45 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Los Angeles is a -158 favorite against Pittsburgh and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. Though the Dodgers have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-143), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 57-31. Los Angeles's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.1 runs per game, well above its season average of 3.8. The Dodgers are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.136 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who rank second in the NL in strikeouts per game with 9.4.
In games where it is the underdog, Pittsburgh has a 24-25 record and an overall money line of -104. The Pirates are an excellent base stealing team with 84 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB.
The Pirates lead the season series, 3-1. The Dodgers have a 50-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Nova takes the mound. Stripling (RHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 41-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against San Diego, the Pirates now have five shutouts this season. The Dodgers have been shut out in six games this season.
The Dodgers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are coming in with an 18-12 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 11-35. The Pirates have a 14-43 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 103 this season. Los Angeles ranks 17th with 131 home runs.
Los Angeles and Pittsburgh both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at ninth with 8.42 hits per game and Pittsburgh ranks sixth with 8.76.
Ranking 21st, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.727). Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .732.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 30-42, well-matched with the Dodgers who are 29-38 when allowing at least one homer.