If money really did buy success, the LA Dodgers would be in the midst of a dynasty. The fact that they haven’t won anything, or even come particularly close, since the spending began, you have to wonder what direction they will take next. This year, the Dodgers are going to have to contend with losing players to free agency, with the departure of Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks likely to be the move that hurts the most. The Dodgers should still be considered the favorite to win the NL West, but of early season results are anything to go by, it may not be a particularly easy road. The Dodgers will host the San Diego Padres over the weekend in a divisional series that might help create some sort of opening up in what is a tight division. The Dodgers should be favorites for this series, but they have not played their best ball at home this season. You can wager on this one by visiting the MLB online betting page at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Padres vs Dodgers MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, April 30 at 9:10 PM EST
Where: Dodger Stadium, LA
Starting Pitchers: Padres: Colin Rea (1-1) vs Dodgers: Ross Stripling (0-1)
TV: FSSD, Sportsnet LA
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres (7-15) are in a bit of a strange spot, as they haven’t fully broken up and team in a rebuilding effort, although they have started adding young guys to the line-up. It’s tough for any team to operate without having a clear direction, and that appears to have spilled over into the opening month, with the Padres failing to impress. San Diego are just 3-7 in their last 10 games, and are heading into this series on a 5-game losing skid. They will certainly need to play better than they did the first time they met the Dodgers this season, when they were swept in 3 in the opening series of the year. Colin Rea (1-1, 5.06 ERA) will be on the mound for the Padres on Saturday.
Why bet on the LA Dodgers
The Dodgers (12-11) started out this season looking as though the loss of Greinke was not going to be an issues, as they won their opening 3 games, all against the Padres, without conceding a single run. Things have not been as good since then, and the team now has a combined 3.84 ERA, which isn’t awful, but is above what we have come to expect from this team. The Dodgers have won this division 4 straight times, but will be in for a tougher go of it against vastly improved Giants and Diamondbacks teams. LA will be looking to get back on track after being swept in 4 games by the Marlins in their last series. Ross Stripling (0-1, 3.22 ERA) will get the ball for the Dodgers.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Both of these teams are keen to get out of slumps, but you have to think that it’s the Dodgers who are better prepared to do so. I like LA to win this one in a tight game.
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