Pirates Pull Off Big Upset in Series Sweep of Dodgers

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  • The Pittsburgh Pirates swept the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 during their three-game set which concluded on Wednesday.
  • It was the Pirates’ first sweep of the Dodgers since September 4-6, 2000.
  • A $50 bet on the Pirates ML during the series would have won close to $1000 if the winning were rolled over.

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Wednesday in Game 3 of their three-game set.

Pittsburgh entered the Los Angeles series having lost 8 out of their last 12 games played. They are 22-27 on the season and are just third in the NL Central team standings. Pittsburgh is a longshot across all futures betting boards: +15000 to win the NL Central, +30000 to win the National League, and +75000 to win the World Series.

History Made for the Pirates

Wednesday’s win wasn’t just a 3-0 series win for Pittsburgh. History was made for the Pirates as they swept the Dodgers in Los Angeles for the first time since September 4-6, 2000. It was also the first time that the Pirates blanked the Dodgers in a series since August 7-9, 2015. Pittsburgh is also the first non-NL West team to win five games against the Dodgers in a season.

For the Dodgers, it was the first time that they were swept in a series this season and the first time that they have been swept in Dodger Stadium since 2018. Los Angeles has now lost three in a row, their longest losing streak since dropping four straight from May 11-14 to the Phillies and Pirates. This season, the Dodgers have lost five out of their first head-to-head games against the Pirates.

Los Angeles still leads the NL West Division. But at 33-17, the San Diego Padres are just three games behind them in the divisional standings. Meanwhile, the New York Mets have overtaken the Dodgers in the League standings by one game after Wednesday’s games. The Mets are in Los Angeles for a four-game set beginning Thursday.

Massive Discrepancy in Payroll, Betting Odds

But while the sweep could be just nothing more than a blip in a long season for the Dodgers, it was a massive upset for the Pirates who overcame inexperience, injuries, and a massive payroll discrepancy against a Dodgers team that is currently the +400 betting favorite to win the 2022 World Series.

The Pirates had a $55.7 million opening day payroll that ranked only 28th in baseball. Currently, Pittsburgh’s $60.1 million payroll is a mere one-fourth of Los Angeles’ massive $263.5 million payroll. That difference was not obvious during the series as were the lopsided betting odds facing the Pirates.

According to Caesars Sportsbook, a $50 bet on the Pirates ML with winnings rolled over each game would have won a cool $995.63 Pittsburgh was a +295 underdog in Game 1 which would have netted a win of $147.50. That would have cashed $442.50 at the Pirates ML of +300 in Game 2. With the Bucs also a +225 ML bottom dog on Wednesday, the original $50 wager would have grown to almost $1,000 during the series.

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