Betting on the San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres had a successful 2022 MLB season, although it didn’t end on a high note. Looking back on the Padres’ playoff run, it’s easy to be disappointed with their performance against the Phillies. After a one-game tie to open the NL Championship Series, the Padres lost control, ending the series in a gentleman’s sweep.  

But it’s important to remember what transpired in the lead-up to the NLCS. After beating the Mets in the Wild Card Series, the Padres stunned the Dodgers in the Division Series, who had a historic 111-win regular season.

For a team that never chugged championship champagne and played in only two World Series, it was an impressive season. The Padres made some strong moves in the offseason, like signing Xander Bogaerts to a monster 11-year, $280 million contract. Adding a marquee hitter like Bogaerts to a loaded lineup makes the Padres legitimate contenders in 2023.

Where Can You Bet on the San Diego Padres? 

Regrettably, you won’t find San Diego Padres World Series odds for 2023 at any California sportsbook. 

Californians won’t be able to bet on the San Diego Padres at a local sportsbook. In Nov. 2022, Prop 26 and Prop 27 were overwhelmingly defeated in the most expensive ballot initiative fight in US history. Nearly half a billion dollars in campaign funding was spent by proponents of legalized sports gambling in California, but they couldn’t sway voters.  

With no legal online sports betting in California, bettors have no choice but to take action at sportsbooks based in neighboring Arizona or Nevada. 

Online Sportsbooks 

Proposition 27 was backed by the nation’s most venerable online sports betting brands BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings. It would have allowed state-wide mobile sports betting via licensed apps, with operators being required to link up with a Californian tribe to obtain a permit. That said, the measure was a bust, with around 83% of voters opposed.

You must cross the border to Arizona, Nevada, or Oregon to find San Diego Padres odds to win the World Series. Each of these states has a regulated online betting market, giving you access to some of the top apps in the industry, including Caesars, PointsBet, BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel

At major sportsbooks, the Padres World Series odds opened at +1400. Since acquiring Bogaerts, the Padres have entered the top-five favorites bracket. They’re listed at +1000 at both BetMGM and DraftKings.

Nevada currently has an in-person registration requirement requiring bettors to create an account at a retail casino. Meanwhile, in Oregon, there’s only one legal sportsbook, DraftKings. 

Retail Sportsbooks

Prop 26 sought to amend the California constitution to allow in-person sports betting at four privately owned racetracks and licensed tribal casinos. Additionally, tribal casinos in the state would have been able to expand their portfolios and offer games like roulette and craps. Tribes would also have to renegotiate new compacts. 

Sports betting taxes would primarily fund education, the discretionary fund, and mental health research. As with Prop 27, Prop 26 was also defeated by a wide margin.

San Diego Padres Schedule 2023 

March 30 has been set as the opening date for the 2023 season. The San Diego Padres will host the Colorado Rockies in the season opener. 

Starting in 2023, the league will adopt a new, balanced format, with each team playing the other 29 teams at least once in the regular season like the NHL and NBA. 

As before, the season will run from spring to fall, but the 162 matchups will be arranged differently. A total of 76 divisional games were reduced to 52. The 52 games were evenly distributed between home and away. 

The number of interleague games between teams from different divisions within the same league will increase to 46. 

The teams will play their natural, geographic interleague rivals twice at home and twice on the road. As a result, San Diego Padres vs. Seattle Mariners odds will pop up four times during the season.

The playoff system will also be redesigned as part of the revamped format. Each conference received an additional wild card to make the postseason field 12 instead of 10. Additionally, the best-of-three series replaced the single-elimination wild-card game.

Padres fans can follow the team’s schedule on the official website

Types of Bets That Can Be Placed on the San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres odds are manufactured similarly to those of other MLB teams. The head oddsmaker sets the opening lines in the online book. In addition to a range of technical factors, this estimate represents the implied probability of the outcome occurring. It’s based on their subjective view of how the matchup will unfold and a range of technical factors like: 

  • Computer algorithms 
  • Home-field advantage 
  • H2H record 
  • Form 
  • Injury reports/trades, 
  • Previous season win totals 

Once the opening line is released, it fluctuates in proportion to where the public money goes. If most of the public backs a team to win, its World Series winner odds will plummet. Other factors affect line movement, such as roster changes. As we previously mentioned, the San Diego World Series odds opened at +1400 and dropped to +1000 after Bogaerts joined the roster. The sportsbooks’ goal is to get equal action on both sides, reduce exposure, and make money off the juice (vig), which is basically their cut for taking a bet. 

Shopping for the Best Lines

There’s no central sportsbook setting the lines, so the pricing varies from one operator to another. Thus, when looking for the best San Diego Padres odds in California, it pays to shop for lines. You may be able to leverage the deviations and utilize arbitrage betting by comparing odds at different books.

The return you receive from a winning bet depends on your stake and odds. By default, US sportsbooks present MLB odds in the American format, based on $100 wagers. Positive lines indicate underdogs. In front of favorite odds, you’ll find a minus sign (-).

San Diego Padres odds at sportsbooks don’t represent the true probability of an outcome happening. The implied probabilities of both sides are always greater than 100%. That extra percentage is the vig cut into the odds and guarantees sportsbooks a profit. 

Totals bets are an example of this, as most sportsbooks offer -110 lines on both ends (Over and Under). In the case of a -110 line, the implied probability is 52.4%, so if you back both sides with a $100 bet, you’ll lose $9. The winning bet would net you $91 plus the original $100, which equals $191. That said, even the best San Diego Padres odds at California sportsbooks will have the vig attached.  

San Diego Padres Moneyline Odds 

With a moneyline bet on the San Diego Padres, you’re backing them to win straight up. In the case of +150 odds, you’d need to risk $100 to profit $150 potentially. In contrast, if they’re listed as -150 favorites, you’d need to bet $150 to profit $100. For moneyline odds, the number of runs your team scores doesn’t matter, only that it wins.

San Diego Padres Run Line Odds

The run line in baseball is equivalent to the point spread in the NBA and NFL. Generally, the California San Diego Padres run line will be -1.5. Whenever they’re favorites, they must win by a margin of at least two runs. If they’re listed as underdogs, they’d cover the run line if they lost by a single run or won outright. 

San Diego Padres Futures Odds 

By definition, a futures bet is a wager on an event that’ll be decided later in time. This encompasses a range of markets. 

The most basic San Diego futures odds are betting on the World Series winner. San Diego Padres World Series odds are +1000 at most books, including BetMGM. 

Depending on the sportsbook, you may find other futures markets, namely San Diego Padres draft odds and San Diego Padres playoff odds, both of which are less lucrative than the previously mentioned World Series odds but easier to hit.

San Diego Padres Prop Odds 

Prop bets can be classified as any bet that doesn’t fall into the categories of moneylines, spreads, and totals. Rather than betting on the outcome per se, these wagers revolve around miscellaneous events within the game. An example would be Over/Under strikeouts by Yu Darvish.

San Diego Padres Totals Bets 

A totals line represents the total number of runs scored by both the San Diego Padres and the team they’re playing against. If it’s set at 9.5 and you take the Over, both teams must score 10+ runs collectively for your bet to be deemed successful. 

San Diego Padres Live Betting

Live betting allows you to get in on the action in the middle of the contest. Depending on the sportsbook, in-play San Diego odds can take various forms, including batter specials, pitch-by-pitch props, and race-to-X runs.

With micro-betting options, DraftKings has arguably become the best sportsbook for MLB live betting. Meanwhile, PointsBet allows bettors to make in-play same-game parlays, while Caesars has the most competitive odds. 

How to Bet on the World Series in California

Being the national championship in a major league, the World Series is one of the most bet-on events at US sportsbooks. Keeping up with demand, the books offer a slew of ways to wager on the marquee series.

You’ll find San Diego Padres odds to win the World Series at every sportsbook in the country. Other options include the San Diego Padres odds of making the playoffs or the team’s odds of winning the National League. 

Sportsbooks tend to conjure up a wide range of specials for the World Series, including no-brainers where you may get 100-1 odds on any team to record at least one hit in a given game. 

How to Bet on the San Diego Padres in California

Creating an account with an online sportsbook is the same regardless of whether you’re accessing the site from Arizona, Nevada, or another state. Across the board, the registration process is universal. 

Having said that, here’s how to get started at US online sportsbooks, so you know what to expect when the CA sports betting market takes off: 

  1. Visit your chosen sportsbook’s website via desktop or mobile. 
  2. Choose California from the dropdown list of states. 
  3. Proceed with the registration via the native app or the browser-based version of the platform. 
  4. Fill out the registration boxes, including name, address, last four digits of your SSN, and possibly other information.
  5. Open the betting menu and look for MLB. When you find San Diego Padres, select the bet you want to take, and it’ll appear in the slip somewhere on the right side of the screen. 
  6. Input the amount you want to stake and submit your wager.

San Diego Padres Stadium 

Petco Park serves as the home ballpark for the San Diego Padres. Because of its scenic location and great climate, it’s widely considered one of the best places to watch a baseball game. It’s located in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp district and has a capacity of 42,445. 

Name: Petco Park

Address: 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Capacity: 42,445 

Opened: 2004

Main tenants: San Diego Padres and Holiday Bowl (NCAA)

San Diego Padres FAQs

Are there any legal sportsbooks in California that offer odds on San Diego Padres?

No, sports betting is currently off-limits in California.

Can I bet on the World Series in California?

No, you must go to the neighboring states with sportsbooks, namely Nevada, Arizona, or Oregon.

Does the San Diego Padres have any affiliation with a sportsbook?

Yes, the San Diego Padres signed a partnership deal with Circa Resort & Casino from Las Vegas, which recently launched the Circa Sports betting app.

Which sportsbook has the most competitive odds on the San Diego Padres?

Since odds for San Diego Padres vary from sportsbook to sportsbook on a game-by-game basis, no one sportsbook consistently offers the best odds. That’s why shopping for lines is a good idea before placing a wager.

Is FanDuel legal in California?

No, the FanDuel Sportsbook isn’t currently available for Californians.

Is DraftKings legal in California?

No, DraftKings doesn’t operate in California now but will likely be among the first operators in the market.

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Joshua Buckley

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Joshua Buckley is Sports Content Manager for Along with award-winning experience as a sports editor in Alabama and Texas, he has also spent time in public relations for the tourism and blood banking industries. Joshua is co-host of “Whole Lotta Wolves,” the only U.S.-based Wolverhampton Wanderers FC podcast.