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Dodgers vs. Padres odds, score prediction: 2024 Seoul Series picks, best bets for March 20 by proven model

Major League Baseball begins its 2024 season by going halfway around the world, for the two-game 2024 Seoul Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres beginning Wednesday at the Gocheok SkyDome in Seoul, South Korea. The Seoul Series will be the 18th time Major League Baseball will play a series outside the United States or Canada (not counting the 43 games played by the Expos in Puerto Rico during the 2003 and ’04 seasons). However, the series will be the first MLB games ever in South Korea. New Dodgers starter Tyler Glasnow is set to face Padres righty Yu Darvish in Wednesday’s opener. 

First pitch is set for 6:05 a.m. ET. Los Angeles is the -200 money line favorite (risk $200 to win $100) in the latest Dodgers vs. Padres odds via SportsLine consensus, while San Diego is a +166 underdog. The over/under for total runs scored is 8.5. Before making any Padres vs. Dodgers picks, check out the latest MLB predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times. It is coming off a profitable 93-74 season on top-rated MLB picks, and it excelled on top-rated run-line picks, going 18-6 (+766). Anybody following it has seen big returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Dodgers vs. Padres and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s Seoul Series picks. Here are several MLB betting lines and trends for Padres vs. Dodgers:

  • Dodgers vs. Padres money line: Los Angeles -200, San Diego +166
  • Dodgers vs. Padres run line: Los Angeles -1.5 (-119), San Diego +1.5 (-101)
  • Dodgers vs. Padres over/under: 8.5 runs
  • LAD: Shohei Ohtani led the majors last season in OPS (1.066)
  • SD: Xander Bogaerts led the Padres last year in batting average (.285)
  • Dodgers vs. Padres picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why you should back the Dodgers

Mookie Betts enters the season on a roll. The former American League MVP and seven-time All-Star hit .417 and had a 1.071 OPS in 36 at-bats during spring training. Last season Betts hit .307 with a career-high 39 homers and 107 RBI and finished second in the NL MVP voting.

Betts and the rest of the loaded Los Angeles lineup will face a San Diego bullpen that lost key pieces in the offseason. Filthy closer Josh Hader left the Padres after signing a free agent contract with the Astros. And Steven Wilson, who finished 10th among NL relievers in holds (22) and 11th in opponents’ average (.185) last year, was one of four players shipped to the White Sox in the trade for Dylan CeaseSee which team to back here.

Why you should back the Padres

Despite the losses in the offseason, new San Diego manager Mike Shildt can still field a lineup with proven bats. Manny Machado is a six-time All-Star who has 313 career home runs. Xander Bogaerts is a four-time All-Star who has a career .291 batting average, and Fernando Tatis Jr. is a 25-year-old former NL home run champion who has yet to enter the prime of his career.

In addition, the Padres have one of the best defensive infielders in the game in Ha-Seong Kim. The 28-year-old shortstop won a Gold Glove last season while also hitting .260 with 17 homers, 60 RBI and 38 steals. This week he returns to the Gocheok SkyDome in Seoul, where he played for seven seasons before signing with San Diego in 2020. See which team to back here.

How to make Dodgers vs. Padres picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 9.3 combined run. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can get the model’s MLB picks only at SportsLine.

So who wins the first game of the 2024 MLB season and Padres vs. Dodgers, and which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on, all from the model that went 93-74 on its top-rated MLB picks last season, and find out.

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