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).
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
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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

Mark Eckel

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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