New York Mets' Pete Alonso (20) hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in New York.
New York Mets' Pete Alonso (20) hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in New York. |Frank Franklin II | Associated Press
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Thursday MLB Best Bets from Eckel: A pair of HR picks, Nationals vs Mets, Brewers vs Cubs, and Pirates vs Reds

First pitch for Washington Nationals at New York Mets is 1:10 pm, Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs is at 4:05 pm, Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds starts at 5:10 pm

Mark Eckel

It was a mixed Wednesday.

The White Sox gave us an early winner, before the Rockies imploded late and lost to the Diamondbacks. Nolan Arenado hit two home runs, however.

Then the Twins beat the Brewers, while our shot play Seattle had an early lead, but fell to the Rangers.

Let’s try again with a short slate Thursday.

Washington Nationals at New York Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Pitchers: Austin Voth vs. David Peterson

Odds: Nats +110; Mets -130

Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Brett Anderson vs. Yu Darvish

Odds: Cubs -184; Brewers +159

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds, 5:10 p.m.

Pitchers: Trevor Williams vs. Anthony DeSclafani

Over/Under: 9

The Cycle

Single: My first thought on the Pirates/Reds game is, who plays games at 5:10? My second thought is this is going to be a low scoring game, because nether team hits very well ad both pitchers have been pretty good. DeSclafani has yet to allow a run in two starts and Williams has a career 2.03 ERA against the Reds. Take the under.

Double: My only thought on the Nats/Mets is why are the Mets the favorite? Something doesn’t seem right here, so I’m going to go with the rookie Peterson to knock off the World Champions.

Triple: You really don’t want to bet a -184 straight up, but the Cubs and Darvish are a good play. So put them in a parlay with the Mets.

Home Run: Let’s go with the suddenly hot Pete Alonso, of the Mets and Anthony Rizzo, of the Cubs to take one out Thursday.

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