Dodgers vs Padres Prediction MLB 2024 Season 3/20

Dodgers vs Padres Prediction MLB 2024 Season 3/20

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MLB World Tour: Seoul Series

Prepare for a thrilling clash as the Los Angeles Dodgers collide with the San Diego Padres in the Seoul Series. Both teams are eager to ignite their season with a bang, promising fans an exhilarating display of baseball prowess on the international stage.

 

Game Overview:

Date: March 20, 2024

Time: 3:05 AM

Location: Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul

Coverage: ESPN

 

Game Odds:

Team ML Total Spread
LAD (0-0) -200 o8.5 (-125) -1.5 (-115)
SD (0-0) +170 u8.5 (EVEN) +1.5 (-105)

 

Team Breakdown:

Los Angeles Dodgers:

Entering the fray with lofty expectations, the Los Angeles Dodgers are primed to showcase their talent on the global platform.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Freddie Freeman (3 HR, .265 AVG, 14 RBI)
  • Batting Average: Josue De Paula (.1000 AVG, .1000 OBP, .2500 SLG)
  • Runs Batted In: Freddie Freeman (14 RBI, 3 HR, .265 AVG)

Last season, the Dodgers demonstrated their offensive might, ranking second in MLB for runs per game and boasting impressive statistics in home runs and slugging percentage. Superstars like Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman led the charge, delivering performances worthy of MVP consideration. Additionally, catcher Will Smith emerged as one of the most productive catchers in the league, while outfielder Jason Hayward experienced a resurgence.

However, the Dodgers faced adversity in their pitching rotation, utilizing a staggering 17 starting pitchers due to injuries. As the playoffs approached, reliance on an injured Clayton Kershaw and journeyman Lance Lynn became evident. Determined to fortify their roster, the Dodgers embarked on an ambitious offseason revamp.

Highlights of their offseason include the acquisition of versatile talent Shohei Ohtani, who, despite recovering from elbow surgery, promises to add another dimension to their lineup. Japanese sensation Yoshinobu Yamamoto and right-hander Tyler Glasnow were added to bolster the pitching rotation, complemented by signings like James Paxton and Teoscar Hernandez.

 

San Diego Padres:

The San Diego Padres are poised to make a statement on the international stage, aiming to showcase their talent against formidable rivals.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Jose Azocar (2 HR, .303 AVG, 4 RBI)
  • Batting Average: Nikolas Mcclaughry (.1000 AVG, .1000 OBP, .2000 SLG)
  • Runs Batted In: Tyler Wade (7 RBI, 1 HR, .294 AVG)

Despite falling short of expectations last season, the Padres boast a lineup anchored by stars like Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado. The addition of Xander Bogaerts further enhances their offensive firepower.

However, organizational changes marked their offseason, including the departure of key players like Juan Soto and the hiring of manager Mike Shildt. Defensive adjustments, such as moving Bogaerts to second base, reflect their commitment to fielding a competitive roster.

On the pitching front, Yu Darvish is tasked with leading the rotation for the opening game. Despite a challenging previous season, Darvish remains a seasoned veteran capable of anchoring the Padres' pitching staff.



Prediction:

With formidable pitchers on both sides and strong defenses, the under of 8.5 runs emerges as the strategic choice for this matchup.

Tyler Glasnow for the Dodgers and Yu Darvish for the Padres possess the ability to stifle opposing offenses. Recent performances indicate both teams' prowess in limiting runs scored.

Anticipate a low-scoring affair in Seoul, influenced by early-season unpredictability and the potential for tight pitching duels. Betting on the under of 8.5 runs presents favorable odds in what promises to be a closely contested game.

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Pick: Under 8.5 runs

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