Dodgers vs. Padres odds, preview & picks for MLB Seoul Series

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Dodgers vs. Padres odds, preview & picks for MLB Seoul Series

Juan Blanco | For FrontPageBets

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The 2024 Major League Baseball season officially begins in the early hours of Wednesday morning as the the Dodgers and Padres kick off the 2024 campaign in Seoul, South Korea with a two-game series.

The games take place on March 20 and 21 at Gocheok SkyDome. On both Wednesday and Thursday, the games begin at 6:05 a.m. ET and 3:05 a.m. PT

Below is our Seoul Series preview along with Dodgers vs. Padres opening day picks as Tyler Glasnow and Yu Darvish take the mound in South Korea. New bettors can also claim bonuses before the first pitch from the best MLB betting sites such as Caesars, BetMGM and more. 

MLB Seoul Series odds, preview and picks - MLB Opening Day 2024

Heading into the 2024 season, there is no debate as to how oddsmakers view the NL West, as the Dodgers sport odds as short as -600 to win the division while the Padres are at +1100. 

The spotlight shines brightest on the Dodgers, who’ve reloaded after last year’s shocking postseason sweep at the hands of the D-Backs with the marquee acquisition of Shohei Ohtani and fellow Japanese star Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who’ll take the ball in the second game of the series.

MLB Seoul Series predictions: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres - March 20 (6:05 a.m. ET)

Opening Day Dodgers starter Glasnow has frequently exhibited flashes of dominance when healthy and posted a 3.53 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 12.2 K/9 while averaging just under 97 mph on his fastball in 2023 with the Rays.

The Padres counter with the aging Yu Darvish, who was better last season than his 8-10 record suggested.

The Blue Crew sports a fearsome lineup that traveled extremely well last season (MLB-high 5.8 runs per road game) and beat a San Diego team that had Juan Soto nine out of 13 times, including four out of six on the road. 

All but one of the Dodgers’ nine victories versus the Friars came by at least two runs, putting me in the camp of the run line.

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Los Angeles Dodgers World Series odds (+360 or better)

The Dodgers unsurprisingly sit atop the World Series winner futures market ahead of the regular season with odds beginning as low as +320.  

The aforementioned offseason additions to a lineup that is spearheaded by perennial MVP candidates Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman and essentially free of any weak links is one of the primary reasons.

Additionally, the starting rotation has a chance to be at its best late in the season, considering young fireballer Bobby Miller should only get better the more he pitches, Kershaw is projected back around mid-season, and Walker Buehler (elbow) and Dustin May (elbow) will also eventually suit up.

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Ohtani won’t be able to toe the rubber this season, but he doesn’t project to have any limitations with the bat.

The offensive numbers are inevitably going to be there for the prodigious slugger, who’ll be in a lineup that will offer him the most elite protection possible by virtue of the talent within it. 

Ohtani slugged 124 homers across 450 games in the last three seasons with the Angels, and that came with the teammate that offered him the most protection by far, Mike Trout, suiting up for only 237 contests in that same span. 

Consequently, Ohtani represents excellent value at this price, considering he’s third in the market at the moment behind the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. and new teammate Mookie Betts. 

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Juan Carlos Blanco is a Catena Media contributor and has been writing about sports betting and fantasy sports since 2015 for a wide variety of industry websites, and his work has also been syndicated in outlets such as Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports and Follow his work via Twitter @jcblanco22.