August 23 Odds: Will Dodgers Decrease Their Magic Number at Pirates?

Willie Bee

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 1:28 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 1:28 PM UTC

Death, taxes and the Dodgers winning appear to be three things we can count on, and the MLB odds favor LA to win yet again Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

MLB Season Record: 65-66-3 (+1.87)

It’s not often we hear “magic number” in August, but the phrase is already coming up with regards to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now at 17, the Dodgers will try to slice off another game in their countdown to an NL West title tonight in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. The initial mound clash pits Rich Hill (9-4, 3.54) opposite Trevor Williams (5-6, 4.71); Los Angeles is carrying around -160 on the money line, 9 runs targeted on the scoreboard.

Curtis Granderson’s grand slam in the seventh and Yasiel Puig’s solo blast in the 12th were behind LA’s 6-5 victory on Monday, BetOnline closing the Dodgers -130 for the series opener. Los Angeles blew an early lead Tuesday, then rallied for an 8-5 decision to make it 5 straight over the Pirates this season, the final leaving the ‘over’ 7-2 in the last nine the clubs have played in Pittsburgh.


2007 Last Time Hill Pitched In Pittsburgh

Hill’s last four road starts have been profitable for anyone following the Dodgers on the MLB odds, Los Angeles victorious in all four with the southpaw pitching to a 2.86 ERA over those 22 innings. The 37-year-old has surrendered five homers in three August starts after allowing just eight in the previous 13, but all five have been solo shots to limit their damage. You have to go back 10 years to when Hill was with the Cubs to find his last appearance at PNC Park, and tonight is his first start in a Dodger uniform against the Pirates.

After beginning 2017 in the Pittsburgh bullpen, Williams will be making his 20th consecutive start for the club with the Pirates 8-11 in the previous 19. The first of those 19 came in LA against the Dodgers and didn’t go well at all with the former Sun Devil chased after three frames having allowed eight runs (6 earned). That was his first and only experience against Los Angeles to date, Puig and Chris Taylor each taking Williams deep in the tilt.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Calling balls and strikes in the third contest of this 4-game series will be Brian O’Nora. The Ohio native comes in with about as level an all-around record this season, 11-11-1 O/U/P in the totals column and 12-11 in the home/visitors category. It’s his first plate assignment in Pittsburgh in a little more than two years, ‘under’ bettors going back to the window in five of his last six games behind the dish in Iron City.

A few clouds, temps in the low 70s and a very light WNW breeze (out to left-center) is the forecast. Put me down for a free baseball pick on the ‘over.’

Free MLB Pick: 'Over' 9 (-105)Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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