As the other MLB franchise in Southern California, the San Diego Padres have carved out their own niche among West Coast baseball fans. Betting on the Padres in legal US markets all across the country is also picking up steam behind this up-and-coming team.
San Diego Padres Overview
The San Diego Padres are one of the few West Coast professional sports teams that does not trace its roots back to the East Coast. San Diego joined the league as a MLB expansion franchise in 1969.
Finding a permanent home in the National League’s West Division from Day 1, the Padres played their first decade in the NL in relative obscurity. That all changed in 1984 when they won the division title with a record of 92-70.
San Diego went all the way to the World Series that season behind Dick Williams as manager and Tony Gwynn as the team’s best player. Facing the Detroit Tigers in a best-of-seven series, the Padres came up short in a five-game series loss.
The Padres made their way back to the Fall Classic in 1998 but this time around they were swept in four games by the New York Yankees.
With more than five decades in the league, San Diego has been home to more than a few prominent MLB players. Topping the list along with Gwynn are Dave Winfield and Jake Peavy.
The Padres have developed fierce rivalries against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco in that same timeframe as other California teams in the NL West.
Behind a reputation of solid pitching, betting the UNDER on the MLB total line remains a popular Padres’ wager. If the total is set at eight runs, a 4-3 win against the Giants would also be a winner on that UNDER bet.
Betting on the San Diego Padres in California
Padres’ fans can cheer their team on during the season but they cannot legally bet on the games in California. Several different groups with gaming interests in the state are trying to change the law.
The process to legalize sports betting in California is tied to a voter referendum on the issue. Multiple ballot initiatives could be part of the state’s general election in November of 2022.
However, San Diego Padres fans in Arizona could legally bet on a MLB series against the Diamondbacks as other NL West rivals.
San Diego Padres Partnership With Sportsbooks
Given Southern California’s strong ties to Las Vegas, the Padres formed a sponsorship deal with Circa Resort & Casino. This partnership was formed in 2021 just ahead of the new MLB regular season.
As the largest retail sportsbook in the world, Circa Sports can broadcast every San Diego Padres game live on one of the big screens at the casino’s downtown Las Vegas location. Online betting remains illegal in CA.