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MLB: Rockies vs Padres Odds and Picks (Mar 31)

By · Updated 3 months ago
  • The Padres are embarking on a new year with hopes of a World Series.
  • San Diego stunned LA to make the NLCS, and Fernando Tatis Jr will return.
  • The Colorado Rockies are picked to finish toward the bottom of the NL West.

The Rockies begin the season with a four-game set against the Padres and will throw Kyle Freeland on the mound on Friday night while Nick Martinez starts for San Diego.

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How to Watch

  • Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California
  • When: Friday, March 31, 2023, at 9:40 PM ET
  • How to Watch: MLB Network

Odds

TeamMoneyline
Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres

Game Preview

The San Diego Padres are fresh off an NLCS trip. On top of that, Fernando Tatis Jr. will finish his suspension later in April, and Xander Bogearts signed a massive contract this offseason, as well as Manny Machado. Nelson Cruz joined the team, and the Padres have one of the best rosters from top to bottom in the entire MLB.

Jake Cronenworth is there, and the pitching staff is loaded, although Joe Musgrove will begin the season on the IL after dropping a weight on his toe in Spring Training.

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The Rockies lineup isn’t bad, and neither is the pitching staff. However, they finished 68-94 last year, last in the NL West and fourth-worst in the entire National League.

Jurickson Profar left San Diego and signed a deal with the Rockies, and Kris Bryant is the centerpiece of the lineup.


Prediction

The Rockies should improve from their 68-win season last year. However, the Padres are a popular pick to win the NL West and the World Series. Nick Martinez starting Game 2 is an interesting decision, but he pitched well last season, going 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 48 games between the starting rotation and bullpen.

Xander and Machado get off to a hot start, and the Padres win this one comfortably.

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Matt Wadleigh
Contributor Matt is a sports fanatic and originally from sunny Southern California. He has covered multiple sports over the past half dozen years and also covers USC and Colorado sports as well as the Mountain West.