Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Pick – MLB May 30, 2022

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers meet at Dodger Stadium for a three-game series. After a three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, the Pirates head further north to LA.

Pittsburgh gave the Padres a good battle. They won a game and were just edged out in the season opener, 4-3.

The Pirates had another solid pitching performance on Sunday afternoon. Roansy Contreras allowed 5 hits and 2 earned runs across 5 innings of work.

The Padres don’t have the best lineup at the plate right now. They have injuries and are dealing with several holes. The Pirates aren’t going to have that luxury at Dodger Stadium.

Pittsburgh is going into tonight at 19-27 in the NL Central. They are 10.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the lead. Pirates fans have to look at this as baby steps. They can’t expect too much.

They’ve been good in spots, so it isn’t all complaints. However, the bad Pirates were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals last week. The Pirates beat the Rockies in two of three games before playing competitive baseball in San Diego.

The Dodgers have a three-game advantage on the Padres in the NL West.

The Dodgers are going into tonight with a record of 33-14. They have won six of their previous seven going into tonight. The Dodgers swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in four games in their latest series.

When the Dodgers are focused and at their best, they will beat any team in the majors. However, Dodgers fans don’t care about regular season success at this point. All that matters is October baseball.

Zach Thompson and Walker Buehler are scheduled to receive the starting call at Dodger Stadium this evening. Head below for our free Pirates vs. Dodgers prediction on May 30, 2022.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Live Betting Odds:

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Pittsburgh Pirates +1.5 (+140) +290 Over 8 (-120)
LA Dodgers -1.5 (-160) -320 Under 8 (+100)
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Team Data Pittsburgh Pirates LA Dodgers
Overall Record 19-27 33-14
Away/Home Record 8-13 15-5
Batting Average .219 .251
Batting Average Away/Home .211 .251
Runs Per 9 2.94 6.23
Team ERA 4.54 2.67
Team ERA Away/Home 4.83 3.28

Pirates vs. Dodgers Prediction:

Zach Thompson is looking for a good start tonight after struggling in his most recent performances.

Thompson is on to his ninth start this season. He is going into this one with an ERA of 5.50 and a 1.54 WHIP.

His worst work has come on the road, where Thompson has posted an ERA of 7.50 and a 2.08 WHIP. Opponents have notched a .400 OBP versus Thompson in 12 innings.

Thompson allowed 7 hits and 4 earned runs in 3 innings against the Colorado Rockies in his previous performance. That was at PNC Park, so he doesn’t have the excuse of pitching at Coors Field.

The offense provided Thompson with solid run support in a 10-5 win.

Run support for starters in Pittsburgh isn’t the norm, though. They usually have to pitch extremely well for the Pirates to win games.

The Pirates are 29th in the majors with 3.45 runs per 9 innings. The Bucs are hitting .221 for 28th going into tonight.

Their power numbers have locked as well, with just 0.80 home runs per game.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends:


  • Record (Last 10): 4-6
  • 1-5 overall in their previous six games as an underdog
  • 2-8 overall in their previous ten first games of a series
  • 10-21 overall in their previous 21 games versus the NL West
  • 14-46 overall in their previous 60 games at Dodger Stadium
  • UNDER is 9-2-3 in their previous 14 games


  • Record (Last 10): 8-2
  • 43-10 overall in their previous 53 games at home
  • 8-2 overall in their previous ten games on a Monday
  • 44-15 overall in their previous 59 games at home versus a team with a losing record
  • 42-16 overall in their previous 58 first game of a series
  • 46-17 overall in their previous 63 games versus the NL Central

  • The Dodgers are backed by Walker Buehler on the mound tonight. Buehler is going into tonight with an ERA of 2.91 and a 1.23 WHIP through 54.1 innings of work.

    The Pirates are hitting .100 in 13 at-bats against Buehler in his career.

    The Dodgers are the highest-scoring team in the majors with 5.64 runs scored per 9 innings. They are first with an .766 OPS and fifth with a team batting average of .253.

    LA is hot at home with 6.32 runs scored per 9 innings and 1.2 home runs a game. They’ve netted 5.84 runs per 9 innings in their last ten games with a .277 batting average.

    Backed by Buehler on the bump, the Dodgers should be tough to crack on Monday night. Expect the Dodgers to ride Buehler and the bats to a 7-3 or 7-4 win at Dodger Stadium.


    Pirates vs. Dodgers Pick
    LA DODGERS -1.5
Kyle E / Author

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