New York Yankees' Aaron Judge follows through on an eighth-inning, two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki is at right.
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge follows through on an eighth-inning, two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki is at right. |Kathy Willens | Associated Press
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MLB Monday: Eckel picks Indians vs Reds, Royals vs Cubs, Dodgers vs Padres, and if Aaron Judge will make it 6 straight with a home run

Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds, 6:40 pm, Kansas City Royals at Chicago Cubs, 8:20 pm, and Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres, 9:15 pm

Mark Eckel

Call yesterday an average day and move on to the next day.

Sunday wasn’t our best day, with just one winner in three games (Rangers over Giants). Joey Gallo’s home run in that game, however, made up a little for the two losses (Royals and Rays, who I can’t believe were swept by the Orioles).

It’s Monday, so here are some more picks to ponder.

Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds, 6:40 p.m.

Pitchers: Zach Plesac vs. Sonny Gray

Odds: Indians +120; Reds -140

Kansas City Royals at Chicago Cubs, 8:20 p.m.

Pitchers: Danny Duffy vs. Alec Mills

Odds: Royals +140; Cubs -160

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres, 9:15 p.m.

Pitchers: Walker Buehler vs. Chris Paddack

Odds: Dodgers -145; Padres +125

The Cycle

Single: The Padres have played well early against sub-par competition. Now, hey get the big boys. Buehler is 4-0 in his career against the Pads, while Paddack is 0-1 with a 5.65 ERA in three starts against L.A. Take the Dodgers.

Double: It’s always Sonny in Cincinnati when Gray pitches. The All-Star is off to a great 2-0 start. And this stat is impressive: In his last 35 starts he’s allowed six hits, or less. Take Gray and the Reds.

Triple: Use the Cubs and Mills to beat his former team, the Royals, in parlays with the Reds and Dodgers.

Home Run: Let’s go with Corey Bellinger (+235) to get on a roll; Eugenio Suarez (+200), who just missed two HRs, Sunday and Aaron Judge (+230) to make it six straight games with a home run.

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