We're talkin' baseball: Eckel has a cycle of MLB picks — Blue Jays vs Nationals, Cubs vs Reds, and Dodgers vs Astros
Washington Nationals' Eric Thames, left, slides past Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen, right, while scoring on a double by Kurt Suzuki during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 27, 2020, in Washington. Watching are Nationals' Victor Robles (16) and Blue Jays starting pitcher Trent Thornton (57). Nick Wass | Associated Press

We're talkin' baseball: Eckel has a cycle of MLB picks — Blue Jays vs Nationals, Cubs vs Reds, and Dodgers vs Astros

Toronto Blue Jays at Washington Nationals, 6:05 pm EDT, Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds, 6:40 pm EDT, and L.A. Dodgers at Houston Astros, 9:10 pm EDT

Yesterday we quoted Meat Loaf, today we’ll take a line from a Boomtown Rats song, “I Don’t Like Mondays.’’

Monday saw our first losing day of the season as all three picks — Washington, the over in Washington and the under in KC/Detroit — went the wrong way.

We’ll try again and hope for a “Ruby Tuesday’’

Toronto Blue Jays at Washington Nationals, 6:05 pm EDT

Pitchers: Tanner Roarke vs. Austin Voth

Odds: Blue Jays +117; Washington -137

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds, 6:40 pm EDT

Pitchers: Alec Mills vs. Tyler Mahle

Odds: Cubs +110; Cincinnati -103

L.A. Dodgers at Houston Astros, 9:10 pm EDT

Pitchers: Walker Buehler vs. Fraber Valdez

Odds: Dodgers -147; Houston +127

The Cycle

Single: The Reds are 1-3 and can easily be 4-0. The bullpen blew two games and they lost 8-7 Monday night and left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. It’s time for things to go their way starting Tuesday.

Double: We’re going back to the World Champion Nats to bounce back from Monday’s loss and rough up their former teammate Roarke.

Triple: I’m taking the Dodgers just because that line just seems a little out of whack. It’s OK for L.A. to be favored on the road, but by that much?

Home Run: Let’s take a shot with Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna (+255) against Tampa Bay and St. Louis’ Paul Goldschmidt (+290) against Minnesota.

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