MLB Betting Picks for Tuesday, August 22The LA Dodgers are about as close to clinching the division as it gets, and will try to get one step closer by taking care of the Pirates on the road. Perhaps the best series of the week is the one that pits the AL East leading Red Sox against the AL Central leading Cleveland Indians. The Yankees are losing ground in the East, but are still very much in the Wild Card picture. They will try to improve their standing with a series against the Detroit Tigers.
LA Dodgers (87-35) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (60-64)When: Tuesday, August 22 at 7:05 PM EST Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh TV: MLBN Probable Pitchers: Brock Stewart vs Jameson Taillon Analysis: What can you say about the LA Dodgers that hasn’t already been said this season? They have built up a 20-game lead at the top of the division, and are continuing to win at an incredible rate. They are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and are an impressive 36-21 on the road. The Dodgers hit the Pirates with a 3-game sweep in their only other meeting this season. It will be Brock Stewart (0-0, 1.64 ERA) who will start for the Dodgers.
The Pirates finished last week winning back to back games after going through a 6-game losing skid that put a serious dent in their slim playoff hopes. They are now 7 games back in the Wild Card race and look a longshot at best to be in the postseason. The Pirates have been a little tougher to beat at home, posting a 34-28 record this season. They will send Jameson Taillon (7-5, 4.64 ERA) to the mound for this one. MLB Betting Pick: LA Dodgers 5 Pittsburgh Pirates 1