by Bovada Sportsbook
After taking two of three games against the mighty Phillies at home and paying out on the MLB betting Odds to start their season the Pittsburgh Pirates will next begin a series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
The Pirates dropped a 1-0 decision to the Phillies and stud pitcher Roy Halladay in their opener last Thursday, but bounced back with 2-1 and 5-4 victories over the weekend.
Now they'll turn to starting pitcher Kevin Correia on Tuesday afternoon as they try to run their winning streak to three games. Righthander Correia, who will be making his season debut, went 12-11 for Pittsburgh last season with a 4.79 ERA and 77 strikeouts over his 154 innings of work.
In his career against the Dodgers Correia is 5-4 with a 4.41 ERA over 25 appearances.
Correia, though, will be up against Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday afternoon, with the defending NL Cy Young award winner looking to bounce back after leaving his first start of the season against the Padres after only three innings with an illness.
Lefthander Kershaw held the Padres to two hits in those three scoreless innings before exiting the contest. Last year Kershaw went 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts in 233 1-3 innings;he's 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in four career appearances against Pittsburgh.
Erik Bedard (0-1, 1.29 ERA) is scheduled to get the ball for Pittsburgh in the second game of this series on Wednesday night, with Chad Billingsley (1-0, 0.00 ERA) penciled in to start for Los Angeles. On Thursday the probable pitchers are the Pirates' Jeff Karstens (0-0, 1.50 ERA) and the Dodgers' Chris Capuano (0-0, 7.71 ERA).
On the MLB futures board at Bovada Sportsbook this week both the Dodgers and the Pirates are listed as longshots to win the NL Pennant; Los Angeles sits at 18/1 on that list, with Pittsburgh even farther back at 35/1.
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