Fernando Tatis and the San Diego Padres enter the 2021 MLB regular season with some legitimate World Series hopes after making a series of offseason additions that upgraded their roster. The defending World Series champion LA Dodgers are prohibitive favorites to reapeat after making their own big-name offseason addition.
The two NL West rivals will sqaure off on Saturday in a spring training matchup that could have some regular season implications. Let’s find out where the best baseball betting value lies in this contest so you can bet against their MLB odds.
MLB Spring Training Betting Picks – San Diego Padres at LA Dodgers
Padres (1-4) Vs Dodgers (2-1)
- When: Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 3:05 PM ET
- Where: Camelback Ranch–Glendale, AZ
The San Diego Padres
The Padres went 37-23 last season to finish six games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. San Diego ranked a stellar third in scoring a year ago (5.42 rpg) and an impressive seventh in team ERA (3.87). Fernando Tatis smacked a whopping 17 home runs in 59 games to finish tied for the fourth most homers in baseball. The Padres went 3-7 against the Dodgers last season.
The LA Dodgers
The Dodgers went a stupendous 43-17 to finish with the best record in the big leagues last season. LA wnet on to claim the World Series title by beating Tampa Bay in six games. 2018 AL MVP winner Mookie Betts smacked 16 home runs and hit .292 while AJ Pollock added 16 homers. Corey Seager hit 15 long balls and Cody Bellinger hit a dozne despite batting a tepid .239. LA ranked first in scoring a year ago (5.82 rpg), first in home runs (118), first in team ERA (3.02) and first in WHIP (1.06).
The Dodgers are 2-1 through three spring training games while San Diego is 1-4. With that said, I’ve got to believe LA wants to send an early message to the upstart Padres that they are going to have to go through the defending champs in order to get where they want to go in 2021.
The Dodgers have won five straight and seven of eight in this series while covering the MLB Moneyline odds in each win. Reigning NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer will be on the mound opposite Chris Paddack. I’m expecting the Dodgers to dial up the effort in this spring training affair to both, deliver their message – and to get Bauer off to a positive start.
Pick: Dodgers 6 Paders 3