The 2023 Major League Baseball campaign is off to a flying start. The Tampa Bay Rays are the talk of the league, but several other clubs have gotten off to solid starts. The Milwaukee Brewers and the San Diego Padres are two of those teams heading into what promises to be an entertaining four-game series. The Brewers are expected to challenge for the NL Central title, while the Padres are favored to win the NL West crown.
Game 1 of the series starts Thursday night. Milwaukee heads to San Diego following their game against Arizona on Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Padres must fly across the country after concluding their Wednesday matinee versus the New York Mets. The Brewers are sending left-hander Eric Lauer (1-1, 7.71 ERA) to the mound, with the Padres countering with right-hander Nick Martinez (0-1, 6.67 ERA). The First pitch is slated for 9:40 p.m. (ET) at Petco Park.
We will now preview the baseball game plus our betting prediction for this baseball contest. Keep reading for MLB betting odds, analysis, and a free pick for Brewers and the Padres.
MLB Regular Season Week 2: Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Diego Padres | MyBookie MLB Preview
Pitchers: Eric Lauer vs. Nick Martinez
When: Thursday, April 13 at 9:40 pm ET
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California
Why Bet on the Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee (8-3) is off to its best start since 2019. The Milwaukee Brewers, who sit atop the NL Central, seek to win their first four-season series with a victory against Arizona on Wednesday before heading to Southern California.
The Brewers look to be one of the most complete teams in the early going. The Brewers rank 10th in the majors in offense, averaging 5.5 runs a game with a slash line of .260/.350/.427.
But it has been Milwaukee’s pitching that has been most impressive. The Brewers own a top-3 pitching staff, including arguably the top bullpen in the majors. The Brewers have given up a total of 27 runs, shutting out their opponents three times.
Why Bet on the San Diego Padres
Despite playing a daunting early schedule, San Diego (7-5) is second in the NL West. The San Diego Padres have won four of five and seven of 10 heading into their Wednesday’s series finale against the New York Mets.
While the Padres’ offense has been inconsistent in the early going, Xander Bogaerts has been everything the team could have hoped for after signing the shortstop to an 11-year, $280 million deal this winter. Bogaerts is hitting over .330 with four home runs and a 1.095 slugging percentage.
The Padres’ pitching has been pretty steady, particularly of late, and is a major reason they have a +5 scoring margin on the season. The Padres have held four of their last five opponents to four or fewer runs.
San Diego Padres is playing against Milwaukee Brewers on Apr 14, 2023 at 1:40:00 AM UTC.
Milwaukee @ San Diego MLB Betting Trends
- Padres are 4-1 in their last 5 games.
- Padres are 3-2 in their last 5 games against the spread
- Padres are 4-2 in their road games against the spread
- The totals have gone OVER in 1 of Padres’ last 5 games
- The totals have gone OVER in 4 of Padres’ 6 last games at home
- Brewers are 3-2 in their last 5 games.
- Brewers are 3-2 in their last 5 games against the spread
- Brewers are 3-2 in their road games against the spread
- The totals have gone OVER in 0 of Brewers’ last 5 games
- The totals have gone OVER in 3 of Brewers’ 6 last games at home
|Brewers | Lauer (L)||8-3||7-4||4-7||5||2.45|
|Padres | Martinez (R)||7-5||6-6||6-6||4.5||4.08|
Christian Yelich, Willy Adames, Rowdy Tellez, Brian Anderson, Garrett Mitchell, Victor Caratini, Brice Turang, Joey Wiemer, Mike Brosseau
San Diego Padres
Trent Grisham, Manny Machado, Juan Soto, Xander Bogaerts, Jake Cronenworth, Matt Carpenter, Austin Nola, Rougned Odor, Brandon Dixon
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San Diego Padres
Jose Castillo (Shoulder), Robert Suarez (Elbow), Joe Musgrove (Toe), David Dahl (Quadriceps)
Milwaukee Brewers @ San Diego Padres MLB Betting Prediction for the Game | Final Score Prediction
Expect fireworks in Game 1. Both teams have plenty of power in their lineups, and neither Lauer nor Martinez has been throwing well. Go with San Diego to take the series opener, as they hit lefties well. San Diego Padres 6, Milwaukee Brewers 5.
MLB Pick: San Diego Padres 6, Milwaukee Brewers 5 | Bet Brewers vs. Padres Today
MyBookie Betting Lines for the Game
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