Although the Los Angeles Dodgers are in a tight race to win the NL West, they would no doubt like to use this week to gain ground on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild-card chase.
The Dodgers have won 12 of their last 14 meetings with the Pirates heading into Monday night's opener of a four-game set at PNC Park.
Los Angeles (62-53) is one game behind San Francisco for the division lead. Pittsburgh (64-50) holds the second wild-card spot, with the Dodgers and St. Louis 2 1/2 games back.
The Dodgers swept a three-game home set from the Pirates from April 10-12, but they come to Pittsburgh with a different look now that Hanley Ramirez has joined the team.
Ramirez, acquired July 25 from Miami, enjoyed a big weekend series in his return to South Beach as he went 6 for 13 with five RBIs to help Los Angeles win two of three. The three-time All-Star has 17 RBIs in 16 games with the Dodgers.
"His swing is great and if he just takes his hits, he's going to drive in a ton of runs, but he'...