With our top betting pick for Saturday we select from the Major League Baseball game between the San Diego Padres and LA Dodgers. The Padres and Dodgers will begin at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles at 9:10PM Eastern Time and the MLB Package will televise this game live. Our MLB best bet is playing on the LA Dodgers at -137 odds against the San Diego Padres. The odds used for our MLB pick comes courtesy of Top Bet sportsbook.
The LA Dodgers opened in the betting as a -133 favorite with the road club San Diego Padres coming in at +123 odds. The run over under opened at 7 runs. The early money has landed on LA as the Dodgers have been bet up to a -137 betting favorite while the Padres take back is +127 odds. The total has seen slight movement upwards to a current line of 7 ½ runs. Run line bettors playing the LA Dodgers at -1 ½ runs will get back +160 odds for their wager. Those who take the +1 ½ runs with the Padres on the run line will lay -170 odds.
The betting market continues to not respect this LA Dodgers team as they have been short favorites for most of this season and continue to come with wins this year as they carry a 7-1 record and have returned over six units to bettors. They are a perfect 4-0 at Dodgers Stadium. Left handed veteran Ted Lilly takes the mound tonight for the LA Dodgers. Lilly was an innings eater last season that sported a very good WHIP at 1.16 as he seldom allowed base runners. He was outstanding against the San Diego Padres in the 2011 season as in six starts he compiled a 4-1 record with an ERA of just 1.89 in 33 1/3rd innings pitched with 31 strikeouts. Lilly closed out the 2011 year very well with three straight wins allowing just one earned run in 20 1/3rd innings of work. During this home stand the LA offense as erupted with 4 ½ runs per game and a good .264 batting average. LA has been good offensively in night games as the team averages over 5 ½ runs a game and bat .266. In four games against San Diego this season the Dodgers bats have pushed across an average of 6 runs per game.
The San Diego Padres will send young Joe Wieland to the mound for his first career start. The offense behind Wieland has really lacked much punch and when they do show a little something the teams pitching couldn’t hold up. The Padres have stunk facing left handers this year as the club has hit a miniscule .151 on the season in three games with an incredibly high 20 strike outs. LA has owned the Padres as they dominated the season series last year and so far in 2012 the Dodgers have won four of their first five against their division rivals from down south. Better hitters for the Dodgers and with Lilly’s razor sharp numbers against the Padre lineup the top betting pick is on LA at online sportsbooks.