(02/07/2018, 10:10pm EST)
Pittsburgh Pirates @ LA Dodgers – Nick Kingham v. Alex Wood
The Dodgers are 6-4 in their last 10, and are second in the NL West while the Pirates are 4-6 in their last 10 and second bottom in the NL Central, well, you will be fooled by the stats.
It is the Pirates (40-43) that come with momentum in this one, after seeing off San Diego in their last series, with a Colin Moran, who came up big with a grand slam, alongside a 2 for 4 showing. Elias Diaz and Corey Dickerson each added solo homers to cap off a strong victory.
All the momentum may count for naught, though as the starting pitcher for Pittsburg will be Kingham (3.82 ERA, 35 strikeouts), and the Pirates are 0-4 when he starts, added to the fact that they are 2-8 in their last 10 against the Dodgers (44-39).
It is Alex Wood who will start this one for L.A, and with 81 strikeouts this season and three victories in his last three starts, it is no doubt the Dodgers have a guy they can count on. Not allowing more than two runs in his last four starts also counts for something here, and may well be a telling factor in the game.
The Pirates have consistency issues and going while going with Kingham seems the most likely, it may not lead to anything other than a defeat in the Dodger Stadium come Monday.
The stats may be right after all.