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James McDonald, Ted Lilly take mound in Dodgers vs Pirates tilt

Pittsburgh PiratesLos Angeles Dodgers
Sep 17, 10:10 PM | GrassDodger Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

68-83TEAM RECORD74-76

The visiting Pirates hope for a solid performance on Saturday as they look to steal a win at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers will turn to Ted Lilly and his 9-14 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Pirates send James McDonald (9-8) to the hill.

View Pittsburgh vs LA Dodgers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Pirates were listed as +-165 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 7 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Dodgers, most recently No. 3 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Pirates, who rate a National League No. 16 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles' No. 11-rated National League offense, averaging 3.9 runs per game, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 10 in the National League at 4.3 in runs allowed per game. The Dodgers have averaged 8.5 hits per game so far, more than Pirates batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Pittsburgh brings the National League's No. 10-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Dodgers' league No. 4-ranked defense.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 7-2 loser as they battled the Dodgers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Dodgers at -182 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Pirates endured a 7-2 loss at the hands of the Dodgers on Friday, with Jeff Locke throwing 3 innings of 5-hit ball at Dodger Stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing LA Dodgers are 5-5
After playing LA Dodgers are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

Los Angeles Dodgers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 9-1
After a win are 7-3

A few Pirates at Dodgers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Pittsburgh's last 24 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers
Pittsburgh is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
LA Dodgers are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
LA Dodgers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
LA Dodgers are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games at home
LA Dodgers are 17-7 SU in their last 24 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at LA Dodgers, Sunday, September 18