The playoff situation in the National League is really beginning to take shape, as it look as though, barring a major collapse, there are a couple of teams that look to be a shoe-in. The Cardinals look like a mortal lock, and the Dodgers pitching staff is so good in the MLB betting odds, it’s hard to see them suddenly falling apart. That said, the Dodgers still have a tough road ahead, and that includes what promises to be a tough 3-game series on the road at the Pittsburgh Pirates starting on Friday.
A Brief Analysis at the LA Dodgers vs San Diego Friday Preview and MLB LinesTime: Friday, 5:05 p.m. ETVenue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaNational TV: NoneOpening line: LA Dodgers -137, Pittsburgh +127The Dodgers (61-46) do not have a lineup that is going to blow anyone away with power, but what they do have is a starting rotation that gives them a great chance to win every single night. Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke have been nothing short of brilliant all season long, yet the Dodgers made some moves at the trade deadline that were all about making their pitching even stronger. It’s not all rosy in LA, though, as their lack of offense is putting a ton of pressure on that pitching staff. Toss in the fact that they are 4 games under .500 and you are left with a team that is very good, but a little fragile in places. That could be something that the elite teams might be able to take advantage of. It will be Clayton Kershaw (9-6, 2.37 ERA) who will get the start on Friday.The Pirates (62-44) have been a little fragile themselves coming into the second half. They started out by going 1-5 in their first two series, but followed that up with a 5-1 record over the next two. Since then, they have struggled to find any level of consistency, and are on a win one/lose one streak that now stretches back 7 games. If there is any bright spot to be found in this stretch, it’s that the Cardinals are suffering a similar fate at the moment, which means that the Pirates remain 5.5 games back in the Central. They are still 3.5 games up in the Wild Card race, though, so things are not really quite as bleak as they might appear. That said, they really have to get back to winning again ASAP. They always have a chance to do so with Gerrit Cole (14-5, 2.29 ERA) on the mound, and it will be he that gets the start on Friday.
Key Betting Trends
- LA Dodgers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 17 of LA Dodgers’ last 25 games on the road