Baltimore Orioles' Bryan Holaday slides head first into home plate ahead of the tag of Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes while scoring on a triple by Orioles' Andrew Velazquez during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Baltimore.
Baltimore Orioles' Bryan Holaday slides head first into home plate ahead of the tag of Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes while scoring on a triple by Orioles' Andrew Velazquez during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Baltimore. |Julio Cortez | Associated Press
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MLB Best Bets from Eckel: A pair of HR picks, Nationals vs Braves, Mets vs Marlins, and Blue Jays vs Orioles

First pitches: Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves, 7:10 pm, New York Mets at Miami Marlins, 7:10 pm, Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles, 7:35 pm

Mark Eckel

It’s a new week in a new baseball season that seems intent on making it through its 60-game schedule.

There’s a near full slate of games Monday and some are to our liking.

Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves, 7:10 p.m.

Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez vs. Touki Toussaint

Odds: Nats +135; Braves -155

New York Mets at Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m.

Pitchers: Robert Gsellman vs. Jordan Yamomoto

Over/Under: 9 runs

Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles, 7:35 p.m.

Pitchers: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Alex Cobb

Odds: Blue Jays -145; Orioles +125

The Cycle

Single: Both the Nationals and Braves are battling injury problems and limp into this key NL East series. I like Toussaint at home where his ERA is 2.53 and I don’t like Sanchez, who has a 9.69 ERA and is 5-11 lifetime against the Braves.

Double: Nobody believes in the Orioles yet. Not the oddsmakers setting the lines or the betting public. Right now they are a better team than the Blue Jays, who got bad news on star Bo Bichette, who is out indefinitely. Hyu is the Blue Jays ace, but he has a career 7.05 ERA against the O’s. Take Baltimore.

Triple: There should be some scoring in the Mets/Marlins game where Gsellman has a 4.49 ERA this season and a lifetime 5.19 ERA against Miami and Yamamoto has a 4.92 ERA. Take the over 9 runs.

Home Run: Let’s go with Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman and New York’s Pete Alonzo to homer Monday night.

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