Pirates vs Dodgers Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/5

Pirates vs Dodgers Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/5

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

The Los Angeles Dodgers face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in a matchup that could help shape the National League standings. The Pirates will look to capitalize on the Dodgers' recent offensive struggles.

 

Game Overview:

  • Date: June 5, 2024
  • Time: 3:40 PM
  • Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Gametime Weather: 81°F

Team Breakdown:

Los Angeles Dodgers:

The Dodgers come into this game with a 38-24 record, including 17-12 on the road. James Paxton is the probable starting pitcher for Los Angeles.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Shohei Ohtani (14 HR)
  • Batting Average: Shohei Ohtani (.321 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Teoscar Hernandez (38 RBI)

James Paxton, with a 5-0 record, a 3.29 ERA, and a 1.38 WHIP over 52.0 innings, will be a critical player for the Dodgers' defense.

Pittsburgh Pirates:

The Pirates have a 28-32 record and a 13-15 record at home. Paul Skenes will start for Pittsburgh.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Andrew McCutchen (8 HR)
  • Batting Average: Connor Joe (.276 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Bryan Reynolds (32 RBI)

Paul Skenes has a 2-0 record with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 22.0 innings. His performance will be crucial for the Pirates' success.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
LAD (38-24) +105 o8.5 (-105) -1.5 (+165)
PIT (28-32) -125 u8.5 (-115) +1.5 (-200)

Prediction:

The prediction for this matchup is that the Pittsburgh Pirates will win. Here are the reasons:

First, the Dodgers have been struggling offensively, which has been evident in their recent games. Despite their strong overall record, their inability to consistently score runs has been a concern.

Second, Paul Skenes has been impressive for the Pirates, with a solid ERA and WHIP, indicating his ability to control the game and limit scoring opportunities for the Dodgers.

Third, the Pirates' recent form at home has been decent, and they have shown the ability to capitalize on opponents' weaknesses. With the Dodgers' offense not firing on all cylinders, the Pirates have a good chance to exploit this.

Moreover, the Pirates' key hitters, like Bryan Reynolds and Andrew McCutchen, have been consistent, and with the Dodgers' offensive woes, Pittsburgh's balanced approach can tip the scales in their favor.

Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates (-125)

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