Pirates vs Dodgers Baseball Predictions 8-12-16
With Rich Hill unable to answer the call again, rookie right-hander Ross Stripling has been cast in another leading role. Pirates vs Dodgers Baseball Predictions 8-12-16
Stripling (3-3, 3.79 ERA) starts Friday when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game series. On Saturday, Stripling worked five scoreless innings, allowing four hits in a 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Pittsburgh Pirates Bullpen Usage
- 1 day: 2 pitchers, 22 pitches, 3 outs
- 3 days: 6 pitchers, 120 pitches, 21 outs
- 5 days: 7 pitchers, 177 pitches, 31 outs
Blisters on Hill’s middle pitching finger have kept him on the disabled list and unable to make his Dodgers’ debut since being acquired from the Oakland Athletics before the trading deadline. He hasn’t pitched since July 17 when he was with the A’s.
Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova (8-6, 4.83 ERA) opposes Stripling. Nova struck out five, walked none and allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings in his Pirates’ debut, a 5-3 decision over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The Pirates obtained Nova from the New York Yankees on Aug.1 in a non-waiver transaction.
The Pirates (57-55) defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 on Thursday behind eight scoreless innings by rookie Jameson Taillon. It was Pittsburgh’s fourth win in six games, taking two of three from the Padres.
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli sat out the contest after aggravating his surgically repaired left wrist injury Wednesday on a swing. Cervelli’s availability for the Dodgers’ series is unclear.
Los Angeles Dodgers Bullpen Usage
- 1 day: 0 pitchers, 0 pitches, 0 outs
- 3 days: 6 pitchers, 121 pitches, 21 outs
- 5 days: 9 pitchers, 267 pitches, 49 outs
Los Angeles (64-50), which was off Thursday, took two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies but fell in the series finale 6-2 on Wednesday, dropping them out of the first-place tie with the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.
Los Angeles got a scare in the Phillies’ loss when Corey Seager went down after being hit by a pitch on his right wrist. X-rays were negative, and it appears the All-Star rookie shortstop will be ready for the Pittsburgh series.
The Pirates captured three of four from the Dodgers in June at Pittsburgh and are 13-4 versus Los Angeles since the start of 2014.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs LA Dodgers Baseball Predictions 8-12-16
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