New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes, right, celebrates his solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes, right, celebrates his solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)|Associated Press
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Bet MLB Saturday! Mark Eckel picks Pirates at Cardinals, Blue Jays at Rays, Braves at Mets, Diamondbacks at Padres

Likes HR prop bet power from Ozuna, Castellanos and Springer. First game is 2:15 pm EDT.

Mark Eckel

I went to bed Friday night and thought I really made readers of this site pretty happy.

Cincinnati was an easy winner over Detroit. St. Louis had a fight on its hands, but hung on to beat Pittsburgh. Two of the players I used — Yoenis Cespedes and Mike Moustakis — both hit home runs and when I turned in, San Diego and Arizona were scoreless in the 6th inning. I had the D’Backs and under 8 runs.

When I woke up Saturday morning I saw the final score: Padres 7, Diamondbacks 2 to ruin what could have been a really good night. Oh well let’s try again with a few of the same teams.

Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals, 2:15 p.m.

Pitchers: Trevor Williams vs. Adam Wainwright

Odds: Cardinals -153; Pirates +135

Buffalo Blue Jays at Tampa Rays, 3:10 p.m.

Pitchers: Matt Shoemaker vs. Ryan Yarborough

Odds: Rays -145; Jays +128

Atlanta Braves at New York Mets, 4:10 p.m.

Pitchers: Max Fried vs. Steven Matz

Odds: Braves -116; Mets -104

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres, 9:10 p.m.

Pitchers: Robbie Ray vs. Dinelson Lamet

Odds: Padres - 130; D’Backs +110

The Cycle

Single: I like Braves (-116) to bounce back after losing 1-0 to the Mets, Friday night. Ronald Acuna struck out three times Friday. You think that’s going to happen again? Me either. Braves for the win.

Double: I also like Tampa Bay (-145) to bounce back after losing to the nomads. Yarborough, the 6-5 lefty, had a pretty good 2019 season and should even be better this year. Those odds are short so you could parlay the Rays with the Cardinals (-153) and the always-consistent Wainwright over the Pirates.

Triple: We’re going to try he Diamondbacks (+110) over the Padres again with tough lefty Robbie Ray on the mound. Also saw a stat that the Padres are 24-49 vs. lefties.

Home Run: Take a shot Saturday with Atlanta’s Marcell Ozuna (+310); Cincinnati’s Nick Castellanos (+350) and Houston’s George Springer (+235).

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