Brett Anderson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Chad Kuhl (2-0, 3.91 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (65-51) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (58-56) at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 8-4, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 14 and can be seen on SNLA and RTPT.
This is the first start for Anderson this season. He pitched 183.1 innings last season, finishing 10-10 with a 3.93 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 119 strikeoutsCorey Seager (.310, 74 Rs, 21 HRs, 56 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Kuhl went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking four in a 6-4 win over the Padres in his most recent start. Starling Marte (.316, 63 Rs, 7 HRs, 39 RBIs, 40 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one stolen base.
Los Angeles is a -148 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 (-206), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 58-32. It's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Dodgers. The 3.3 runs that Los Angeles's pitchers allow per home game makes them the second-ranked NL staff at home. The Dodgers are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.143 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who rank third in the NL in strikeouts per home game with 9.7.
In games where it is the underdog, Pittsburgh has a 25-26 record and an overall money line of -51. The Pirates are an excellent base stealing team with 87 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB.
The Pirates lead the season series, 4-2. The Dodgers have a 51-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kuhl takes the mound. Anderson (LHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a very good 16-8 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
For the 13th time this season, the Pirates registered at least two errors in a game.
The Dodgers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Pirates have a record of 9-15 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 11-35. The Pirates have a 15-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom of the league at 26th when it comes to home runs, hitting 106 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half with 132.
Los Angeles and Pittsburgh both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at ninth with 8.45 hits per game and Pittsburgh ranks sixth with 8.74.
Los Angeles and Pittsburgh both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Los Angeles sits at 19th with an OPS of .730, and Pittsburgh ranks 18th with an OPS of .732.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 30-43, well-matched with the Dodgers who are 30-39 when allowing at least one homer.