OutKick’s MLB Around the Diamond Betting Pick For Saturday, April 17th

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Saturday has a full slate of Major League Baseball games, with games being played both in the afternoon all the way up to eight games this evening.

The one affair that a lot of bettors as well as baseball fans excited is the NL West matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. The game between the Dodgers and Padres is set for an 8:10pm first pitch.

The Dodgers are on a roll, winners of seven straight and nine out of their last 10. At 12-2 the rest of the NL West is going to be hard-pressed to even challenge the Dodgers in the division.

San Diego at 9-6 sit at 4-4 at Petco Park thus far in 2021. They will send righty pitcher Yu Darvish to the mound, he’s 1-0 in three starts in his first season in San Diego.

Darvish is going to have to step up as he’ll be challenged by Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who is 2-1 in three starts with a 2.89 ERA.

San Diego bats own a .624 OPS against Kershaw. The longtime Dodgers ace is coming off a six-shutout-inning performance against Washington April 11; he has allowed just 1 ER in 13 IP over his last two starts.

Money line: Dodgers -120 (bet $120 to win $100) | Padres +100 (bet $100 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS: Dodgers -1.5 (+145) | Padres +1.5 (-175) Over/Under: 7 (O: -115 | U: -105)

The Padres and Dodgers are turning into the best rivalry in the National League. They had to use both pens at length on Friday night, meaning that they will be hard pressed to keep this a low-scoring affair on Saturday. Take the over 7 runs and enjoy cashing in.

Pick: Over 7 runs -115 at FanDuel Sportsbook


Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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