Pittsburgh Pirates vs La Dodgers Dodgers Picks and Predictions June 6th 2024

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Pittsburgh Pirates
ML: 150
LA Dodgers Dodgers
ML: -170

Nick Gonzales, Pirates Shoot for Sweep of Dodgers

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Nick Gonzales has been on fire since being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on May 10. Fresh off tying his career high with a four-RBI performance, Gonzales is ready to lead the Pirates to a three-game sweep against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Key Performances and Team Dynamics

Nick Gonzales: Gonzales sparked the Pirates’ offense in Wednesday’s 10-6 win with a two-run double, a sacrifice fly, and an RBI single, bringing his RBI total to 20 in just 23 games. His steady approach at the plate has been a game-changer for the team.

“Just trying to do my job every day. Staying consistent,” Gonzales said.

Team Support: Gonzales got plenty of help from teammates Edward Olivares, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Bryan Reynolds, all of whom played significant roles in the team’s offensive surge. The Pirates have now won 10 of their last 15 games against the Dodgers, showcasing their strong recent form.

Pitching Matchup

Walker Buehler (Dodgers): Buehler (1-3, 4.32 ERA) is looking to bounce back after a rough outing against the Rockies. Despite his recent struggles, he remains focused on improving post-surgery. Buehler has a solid track record against the Pirates with a 2-0 record and a 2.37 ERA in three starts.

“Physically, I’ve probably exceeded where I thought I was gonna be, but performance-wise, I feel like (expletive),” Buehler said, reflecting on his recovery and performance.

Bailey Falter (Pirates): Falter (3-2, 3.22 ERA) has been a reliable force on the mound, with a 1-0 record and a 1.67 ERA in his last four outings. He has been especially steady in two no-decisions where he didn’t give up any runs. Falter also has experience against the Dodgers, with three scoreless innings in relief.

Dodgers’ Offensive Strategy

Hitting Challenges: Despite some highlights, like Shohei Ohtani’s two-run homer and Andy Pages’ solo shot, the Dodgers have struggled to maintain consistent offensive pressure. Manager Dave Roberts stressed the need for a more aggressive approach to hitting fastballs.

“I think you, at certain times, have to pick your spots to sell out to the fastball,” Roberts said. “You have to make them respect the fact that you can turn the fastball around.”

Series Outlook

The Pirates, led by the red-hot bat of Nick Gonzales, are aiming for a sweep against the Dodgers. The pitching duel between Walker Buehler and Bailey Falter will be crucial in determining the game’s outcome. With both teams eager to assert their dominance, fans can expect a competitive and thrilling matchup.

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Pittsburgh Pirates
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LA Dodgers Dodgers
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