The Padres will likely be a slight favorite in baseball wagering in this game that can be seen on the MLB Network.
MLB wagering is going to be different this season on both the Mariners and the Padres. Seattle is considered a contender in the American League West this season while the Padres made a number of off-season moves. The Mariners have not really played very well this Spring but they are still considered a team that can contend in baseball wagering this season. The Mariners have a different looking lineup this season. Chone Figgins, Casey Kotchman and Milton Bradley are all expected to make an impact for Seattle in 2010.
Manager Don Wakamatsu has said that he would like to have Kotchman in the third spot in the lineup. He would like to have Figgins play second base with Jose Lopez at third. Ichiro and Figgins will be at the top of the order and Kotchman and Bradley will be hitting third and fourth trying to drive them in. "I like the way [Kotchman] swings the bat, especially with those two guys in front of him and maybe backing Milton up a little bit," Wakamatsu said. "It just allows us to do more things." The key for Seattle will be getting Ichiro and Figgins on base. "If we can get Ichi and Figgy going, it makes a pretty productive day," Wakamatsu said.
The Padres are not as good as Seattle in MLB wagering but they still have a superstar player in first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. How long he remains a Padre is the question. The Padres have a lot of young players but many of them are unproven. How many pitches Gonzalez gets to hit is a major question mark. He led the league in walks last season as opposing teams pitched around him. "I'm trying to focus on having a good season and having what we did at the end of last year carry over to 2010," said Gonzalez. "It's that simple. I work hard at hitting, and that's what I focus on." The trade rumors will continue to swirl around Gonzalez but he has said it will not affect him. He also said playing in pitcher friendly Petco Park won’t affect him. "I don't hit according to the ballpark, I hit against the pitcher," Gonzalez said. "That's all I concentrate on. I come to the park preparing for that night's pitcher, what he tries to do to me, what I need to try to do to him."