Padres vs Dodgers Prediction MLB Picks 3/21/24

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) vs San Diego Padres (0-1)

Game Info: Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 6:05 am (Gocheok Sky Dome)

Yoshinobu Yamamoto (0-0) (0.00) vs Joe Musgrove (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Dodgers -161 / San Diego Padres +137 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres meet Thursday in MLB action at the Gocheok Sky Dome. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres prediction.

Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers stole the season opener on Tuesday by scoring four runs in the eighth inning. The Dodgers trailed twice on Tuesday, but the pitching staff kept them in it by producing six strikeouts and allowing just two runs. It’s a fine start to a Dodgers team that has ridiculously high expectations. The Dodgers now look for their first 2-0 start since the 2020 season when they won the World Series. Mookie Betts leads the Dodgers with 2 hits and 1 RBI, while Shohei Ohtani and Teoscar Hernández have combined for 3 hits and 1 RBI. Yoshinobu Yamamoto will make his major league debut when he takes the mound today. Yamamoto was 70-29 with a 1.82 ERA and 922 strikeouts in his NPB career.

San Diego Padres Betting Preview

The San Diego Padres had their chances to steal the Dodgers thunder in the season opener but could never create enough distance. The Padres' bullpen then folded in the later innings to produce a disappointing loss. While it's just one loss, the Padres can’t afford to blow winnable games against a division rival if they’re looking to make a serious run in the NL West. The Padres hope to avoid back to back 0–2 starts to the season. Xander Bogaerts leads the Padres with 2 hits and 1 RBI, while Jurickson Profar and Tyler Wade have combined for 2 hits. Joe Musgrove gets the ball, and he was 10-3 with a 3.05 ERA and 97 strikeouts last season. Musgrove is 0-7 with a 3.92 ERA and 60 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers Player Prop Facts

  • Max Muncy has scored a run in each of his last six appearances against the Padres.
  • Shohei Ohtani has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last four appearances with his team as a favorite against NL opponents.
  • Will Smith has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last five appearances against the Padres after playing the previous day.
  • Will Smith has recorded at least one hit in eight of his last nine appearances against the Padres.
  • Shohei Ohtani has recorded at least one Single in each of his last four appearances against NL opponents.
  • Shohei Ohtani ranked 1st amongst qualified players for Slugging Percentage (.654) last season.

San Diego Padres Player Prop Facts

  • Joe Musgrove has recorded six or more strikeouts in each of his last seven appearances in night games against NL West teams that held a winning record.
  • Manny Machado has recorded at least one RBI in four of his last five appearances against NL opponents.
  • Manny Machado has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Padres' last seven Thursday games as underdogs.
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. has scored at least one run in each of the Padres' last four night games against NL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Xander Bogaerts has recorded at least one hit in each of the Padres' last nine games.
  • Xander Bogaerts has recorded a Double in five of his last six appearances against NL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Xander Bogaerts has recorded at least one Single in each of the Padres' last seven games.
  • Joe Musgrove has recorded a win in each of his last six appearances against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Ha-Seong Kim ranked 7th in the league in Steals (38) last season.

Dodgers vs Padres prediction

I'm not running to the window to back the Dodgers, with Yoshinobu Yamamoto making his first ever MLB start. However, the Dodgers as a team are a trustworthy bet given their lineup.  Joe Musgrove in the underdog role is attractive because of what he's capable of, but he's also had no career success against the Dodgers. Musgrove is 0-7 in 11 career starts against the Dodgers. I like the Dodgers to start 2-0 for the first time since winning the World Series in 2020.

Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Dodgers -161

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