Gather round, MLB betting fans, for the time has come. The San Diego Padres are once again in the NL West playoff hunt. This Thursday, fresh off a surge up the standings, they’ll look to showcase why they’ve suddenly emerged as a division contender.
On the docket for the four-game set at Petco is a Los Angeles Dodgers ball club that could stand to benefit from a little momentum boost in the middle of the season. With Padres now among the playoff eligible, that leaves L.A. out in the cold as the only division member not neck-and-neck for the NL West’s top spot.
In the grand scheme of things, however, the Padres and Dodgers are relative equals. In fact, according to the MLB futures, it’s Los Angeles that sits ahead of state rival San Diego with 33/1 odds of winning the World Series.
The Padres, in contrast, have just 40/1 odds.
Over the course of the 2013, Padres fans have seen young Jedd Gyorko and Everth Cabrera rise to new heights, joined in the lineup by underrated power bats like Yonder Alonso and Kyle Blanks.
The order may not strike fear in the hearts of their opposition, but the winning speaks for itself.