May 10, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner (6) turns a double play over Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Jack Suwinski (65) during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Dodgers won 11-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
- The Los Angeles Dodgers are -175 road favorites over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their Wednesday, May 11 National League afternoon game
- LA is 12-3 straight up in the club’s last 15 games played at Pittsburgh
- The Dodgers were 11-1 winners over the Pirates in Tuesday’s meeting between the two teams
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit Pittsburgh to face the Pirates, they tend to make themselves at home.
LA whipped the Pirtates 11-1 on Tuesday. It was the seventh win in eight road games at Pittsburgh for the Dodgers. Overall, they are 12-3 straight up in their last 15 games against the Pirates in the Steel City.
Oddsmakers have set the Dodgers as -175 road favorites to keep up their winning ways on Wednesday afternoon. LA is an MLB-best 20-8 against the runline this season.
Dodgers vs Pirates Odds
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-175||-1.5 (-115)||Over 8.5 (-115)|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||+155||+1.5 (-105)||Under 8.5 (-105)|
Odds as of May 11th at Caesars Sportsbook.
First pitch for Wednesday’s game at PNC Park is set for 12:35 pm ET. Sunny skies and a temperature of 80 degrees are in the forecast.
The National League West-leading Dodgers (20-8, 10-6 road) are 7-1 in their last eight games. A win Wednesday would give the Dodgers their fourth straight series triumph.
The Pirates (12-17, 6-8 home) have lost nine of their last 12 games. Pittsburgh hasn’t won back-to-back games since April 21-22.
Los Angeles is favored in the World Series odds at +475. The Pirates are a distant longshot in World Series futures at +40000. LA is also the chalk in the NL pennant odds at +225 and are prohibitive -250 odds-on favorites in the NL West odds.
Uncertain Starting Pitching
Southpaw Dillion Peters will make his 10th appearance of the season for the Pirates but just his third start. He’ll work as a opener. Already with three wins, Peters is one shy of his career high set in 2019 with the Los Angeles Angels.
He’s made one career start against the Dodgers. Peters didn’t figure in the decision. He worked a solid 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run and four hits. He struck out four against two walks.
Derek Shelton said Dillon Peters will be the first pitcher Wednesday afternoon vs. Dodgers
— Jerry DiPaola (@JDiPaola_Trib) May 11, 2022
Peters is 3-2 with a 2.10 ERA in eight career appearances at PNC Park, five of which have been starts. He shows a 1.16 WHIP and 1.82 strikeout/walk ratio in 25.2 innings. He’s limited opposing hitters to a .202 batting average there.
Pepiot vs Peters
The Dodgers are activating 24-year-old righty Ryan Pepiot from the taxi squad to make his MLB debut. With the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers, Pepiot is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in six starts. He’s struck out 36 in 26.1 innings of work against only 12 walk for a strikeouts/walks ratio of 3.00.
Dodgers top pitching prospect Ryan Pepiot will make his MLB debut tomorrow vs the Pirates. pic.twitter.com/TxEfn2ERNU
— Dodgers Tailgate (@DodgersTailgate) May 10, 2022
As well, he has a 1.15 WHIP and is allowing just 6.15 hits per nine innings. Pepiot was added to the Dodgers’ taxi squad on Monday, with the expectation that he would be activated to make this start.
Pepiot was named PCL Pitcher of the Month during April. He attended spring training with the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee.
Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers
|Dodgers Batters||Batting Average vs Peters||Pirates Batters||Batting Average vs Petiot|
|Hanser Alberto||.333||Diego Castillo||.000|
|Austin Barnes||.500||Michale Chavis||.000|
|Cody Bellinger||.000||Ben Gamel||.000|
|Mookie Betts||.400||Ke’Bryan Hayes||.000|
|Freddie Freeman||.333||Andrew Knapp||.000|
|Gavin Lux||.000||Michael Perez||.000|
|Zach McKinstry||.000||Bryan Reynolds||.000|
|Max Muncy||.000||Jack Suwinski||.000|
|Edwin Rios||.113||Yoshi Tsutsugo||.000|
|Will Smith||.167||Cole Tucker||.000|
|Chris Taylor||.000||Josh VanMeter||.000|
|Justin Turner||.000||Daniel Vogelbach||.000|
The Dodgers have hit Peters hard in their small sample size of plate appearances against him. Trea Turner is batting .667 (2-for-3) with two RBI. Mookie Betts is 2-for-5 (.400).
Victory formation! pic.twitter.com/R4np7GZxeL
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 11, 2022
Austin Barnes is 1-for-2 (.500) and both Hanser Alberto and Freddie Freeman are 1-for-3 (.333).
Dodgers vs Pirates Prediction
That the Pirates were able to score a five spot against the Dodgers in the opener of this three-game set is actually quite an impressive feat. Over the past seven games, LA has two or fewer runs in six of those games and one run or less on five occasions in that span.
In fact, it’s the only time over the past eight Dodgers-Pirates games that Pittsburgh has put more than three baserunners across the plate. The Bucs are averaging two runs per game during that eight-game stretch. Pittsburgh has given up five or more runs four times in the past six games.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 11, 2022
With an MLB-debutant taking the hill for LA, it might be tempting to make a play on the Pirates in this game. It would be if it weren’t for the fact that the Pittsburgh starting rotation is in such disarray. The Bucs have gained one win from a starting pitcher all season long.
Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers ML (-175)
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.