MLB betting favors the Chicago White Sox on Saturday as they host the San Diego Padres in a split squad game in the Cactus League.
The Padres are not expected to challenge in the National League this season but the White Sox are a contender in baseball betting in the American League.
MLB betting on the Padres is going to be up and down in 2010. The Padres simply don’t have a talented roster but they will still win some games in baseball betting. If you look at the starting rotation you will begin to see some of the problems for San Diego. Jon Garland is an okay pitcher but he is the #1 starter for San Diego. The Padres next two starters are Chris Young and Kevin Correia. The Padres are looking at Mat Latos as the fourth starter and the fifth spot is open. That does not sound like an imposing rotation. The fifth starter could be Clayton Richard.
Last season Richard was pretty good for the Padres after coming over from Chicago in the Jake Peavy trade. He has not gotten off to a good start this Spring though as he is 0-1 with an ERA of 18. Latos is the pitcher that has looked good as he is 1-0 with 2.00 ERA. Richard needs to pitch well since he would be the only left-hander in the San Diego rotation.
San Diego is going to struggle this season in MLB betting. They simply don’t have the talent to compete with teams like the Dodgers and Giants. They will still win some games though, especially if their pitching holds up. "We hope everybody pitches well and stays healthy here the last few weeks," manager Bud Black said. "But that ultimately makes us deep. Some of those guys might be very resilient for us pitching out of the ‘pen."
The Padres are underdogs in this MLB betting contest against the White Sox. Even if their top pitcher, Jon Garland starts, San Diego is still likely to be a baseball betting underdog in most games. Garland could have a decent season for San Diego though. He should throw for 200 innings this season and in PETCO Park in San Diego he should get some outs and keep the Padres in most MLB betting contests. The Padres are paying Garland $4.7 million for this season with a mutual option of $6.75 million for 2011.