The Los Angeles Dodgers (47-38) host the Pittsburgh Pirates (40-45) at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The Pirates evened up the series 1-1 after winning 9-7 on Tuesday, their third head-to-head victory in five games this season. David Bednar got the win with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.
Jack Suwinski was 2 for 3 with a home run and two runs in the win. Nick Gonzales went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs, and two RBIs. James Outman went 2 for 4 with two home runs and four RBIs for the Dodgers. Mookie Betts added a home run and two runs.
ON THE MOUND
Osvaldo Bido (0-1, 4.74 ERA) is set to get the start for Pittsburgh. The righty allowed four runs over 3.1 innings in his last start, an 8-7 road win over the Brewers on Friday.
He scattered four hits and walked one in the no-decision. Righty Bobby Miller (4-1, 4.23 ERA) will toe the rubber for Los Angeles. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Pirates.
In his last start on Friday, Miller got the win on the road against the Royals. He threw 5.2 innings and gave up three runs on five hits, striking out four and walking one in the 9-3 victory.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Pittsburgh has averaged 6.0 runs a game, up from their season average of 4.3, while performing better across the board (.254/.325/.428). Against right-handed pitchers like Miller this season, the Bucs have a .697 OPS.
Andrew McCutchen has been the team’s biggest on-base threat against right-handers with a .393 OBP in 169 at-bats. Los Angeles is averaging only 5.2 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 5.4 for the season.
The Dodgers have a .775 OPS against right-handers in 2023, the fifth highest in the league. With a .406 OBP over 242 at-bats, Freddie Freeman has their highest on-base percentage against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Pittsburgh is 18-24 away from home in 2023, scoring 4.3 runs per game while allowing 4.4 runs. Los Angeles has gone 25-16 at their home ballpark this season, averaging 5.4 runs per game while surrendering 4.2. Los Angeles is 6-4 in the last 10 games between the teams at Dodger Stadium with an average scoreline of 4.9-4.1.
The Pirates are third in the NL Central, six games behind the division-leading Reds. The Dodgers are second in the NL West, two games behind the Diamondbacks.
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