Padres vs. Dodgers odds, predictions: Saturday MLB choices and best bets

Fading the Dodgers is terrifying, but it may be essential at times this season. Saturday is not that day. I'm betting on the Dodgers to win and at better run line odds.  

The Dodgers' two-year run has been extraordinary. Our Saturday Padres vs. Dodgers betting preview covers that and more. I rarely wager the run line, but the Dodgers are the subject of a favorite stat.  

The Dodgers have won seven of their 10 games by two or more runs heading into the Padres series opener. The Dodgers have won 192 of 224 games (86%) in the past two seasons by multiple runs.   

The Dodgers' offense, which scored five or more in 11 of its first 15 games, is easy to analyze.  

Shohei Ohtani, Mookie Betts, and Freddie Freeman have top-five NL MVP chances for a reason. Los Angeles can score on anyone with them. While their batting justifies wagering their run line on Saturday, their pitching is as important.  

The 25-year-old right-hander Gavin Stone will start and try to recover from a poor start against the Cubs last weekend.  

Chicago scored five runs on six hits in three innings against Stone. Though he struck out five, he allowed three walks. Stone's 9.00 ERA in two starts (eight innings) is disappointing, but there are some positives.  

A 3.69 xERA shows the pitching isn't as poor as the results. Stone has a 77th percentile hard-hit percentage, 85th chase rate, and 88th whiff rate. Such promising signals suggest Stone's luck should improve.

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