Chicago White Sox's Luis Robert celebrates as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo.
Chicago White Sox's Luis Robert celebrates as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo.|Charlie Riedel | Associated Press
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MLB Picks o' the day from Eckel: Rangers vs A's, Reds vs Indians, Brewers vs White Sox, and HR picks including Luis Robert

Texas Rangers at Oakland A’s, 3:40 p.m. EDT, Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Indians, 6:10 p.m. EDT, Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. EDT

Mark Eckel

First the good news: The Angels/Mariners game went over and George Springer hit a home run Wednesday night.

Now the bad news: The Nationals somehow lost to the Mets and the Rays, who I’m beginning to think aren’t as good as I thought, lost to the Red Sox.

Let’s try again Thursday and attempt to do a little better.

Texas Rangers at Oakland A’s, 3:40 p.m. EDT

Pitchers: Mike Minor vs. Mike Fiers

Odds: Rangers +130; As -150

Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Indians, 6:10 p.m. EDT

Pitchers: Luis Castillo vs. Carlos Carrasco

Odds: Reds +110; Indians -120

Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. EDT

Pitchers: Lindholm vs. Gio Gonzalez

Odds: Brewers -105; White Sox -115

The Cycle

Single: I’ve always liked Gio Gonzalez. He’s a competitor and he’s with a good, young team in Chicago. I like the White Sox, with rookie phenom Luis Robert, to beat the Brewers Thursday night.

Double: The Reds gave Luis Castillo an extra day of rest after a so-so outing his last time out. That should help against an Indians team struggling to score runs. Carrasco gives up home runs and that’s all the Reds seem to do.

Triple: In an afternoon special, I’m going with Oakland to beat Texas to get the day off to a good start.

Home Runs: Here’s a trio to go deep Thursday: Oakland’s Matt Chapman; Cincinnati’s Eugenio Suarez; and Chicago’s Luis Robert.

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