This game could be low scoring as Brandon McCarthy (2-2, 3.00 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (64-50) go up against Gerrit Cole (7-7, 2.94 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (57-55) in the second of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Pirates won the last game 5-1, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 13 and will air on FS1, SNLA and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, McCarthy pitched 3.2 innings, allowing two runs and walking five in an 8-5 victory over the Red Sox. Corey Seager (.305, 73 Rs, 21 HRs, 55 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3. The Pirates were unsuccessful the last time Cole pitched. He struggled, going 5.2 innings, giving up four runs, striking out six and walking three in a 7-3 loss to the Reds. David Freese (.283, 51 Rs, 11 HRs, 45 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Los Angeles pitching staff and defense is very good at home, only giving up 3.3 runs per game. The Dodgers don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking second in the league with a 1.136 WHIP. They have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out at Dodger Stadium, averaging 9.8 strikeouts per home game.
In their previous four games this season, the Pirates have a 3-1 record. The Dodgers will take on a right-hander (Cole) in this game and have a 50-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed McCarthy will take the mound against the Pirates, who have a 41-47 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
Los Angeles earned its 10th shutout of the season in its last game. Pittsburgh has been shut out four times this season.
The Dodgers didn't score any runs in their last game. The Pirates have a 5-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
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 18th 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.
Los Angeles and Pittsburgh both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Los Angeles sits at 20th with an OPS of .727, and Pittsburgh ranks 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.