Padres Try to Set Tone in Opener
It’s now time to make some MLB picks that actually matter as Opening Day is here for the entire league. The San Diego Padres are set to host the Colorado Rockies on Thursday afternoon in a matchup of National League West teams.
Colorado comes into this season with a renewed sense of optimism, and it’s one that nearly every team in the league is feeling. The Rockies are not expected to make the postseason in 2023, but anything can happen on a given day.
San Diego made some huge MLB news over the last few months by reloading its roster with superstars. The Padres are one of the betting favorites to win the World Series this year, and it’s because of who is on this team.
The MLB lines in this game have the San Diego Padres as the strong moneyline betting favorites.
Rockies Must Find Pitching
Most MLB experts believe that the Colorado Rockies will be able to score some runs this season, but that’s only part of what is needed for success. Colorado will have to pitch the ball well in order to win games, and that’s where the problem lies.
German Marquez will make the start for Colorado on Thursday, and he is a pitcher that has proven himself at this level. Marquez went 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA against San Diego a season ago, and he will need to go deep into this one.
The Rockies also need Kris Bryant to have a big season on offense if they are going to stay in the playoff race. It will take a big day of offense on Thursday if the Rockies are going to pick up an upset to begin the year.
Padres Should Pound the Ball
When asked about his team in the spring, San Diego Padres chairman Peter Seidler said, “We’re here to win a championship and we came reasonably close last year. We believe we have every chance this year.”
San Diego went out and spent a ton of money this offseason, and that offense should be terrific.
The Padres are going to be without Fernando Tatis Jr. until the middle of this month, but Xander Bogaerts will be on the field to begin the year. While San Diego has some solid pitching, this team is looking to do some damage on offense.
Blake Snell has been chosen to start in the season opener, and he was terrific a season ago. If the Padres can get quality starts most of the season, they will be nearly impossible to beat.
Rockies vs Padres Game Injuries
Rockies vs Padres Head-to-Head
Looking back at the scores and odds from the 2022 season is one way to get some help when betting on this season opener. The overall records from this rivalry a season ago show that the Rockies won 10 of the 19 games, but San Diego went 6-3 at Petco Park.
Rockies vs Padres Game Information
- Game: Rockies (0-0) vs Padres (0-0)
- Location: Petco Park, San Diego
- Day/Time: Thursday, March 30th, 4:10 p.m. ET
- Rockies vs Padres Live Stream: MLB.tv
Rockies vs Padres Betting Lines
Rockies vs Padres Picks and Prediction
It can be difficult to make MLB betting predictions on Opening Day as every team in the league will have their best pitcher on the mound. That is going to give the Rockies a chance to keep this game close, but that’s about the only area that is competitive.
San Diego is expected to be one of the best teams in the league this season, and that offense is capable of doing a ton of damage. Runs will be hard to come by for the first part of this game, but the Padres are eventually going to break through in a big way.
Head to BetUS sportsbook and take the San Diego Padres to not only win on Opening day but to also cover the -1½ run line.