San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto, center, reaches to tag out Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani (17) during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. At left rear is first baseman Wilmer Flores.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto, center, reaches to tag out Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani (17) during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. At left rear is first baseman Wilmer Flores.|Jeff Chiu | Associated Press
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MLB Best Bets from Eckel: HR picks, a parlay, Tigers vs White Sox, D-Backs vs A's, and Angels vs Giants

Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox starts at 2:10 p.m., Arizona Diamondbacks at Oakland A's at 9:40 p.m., and Los Angeles Angels at San Francisco Giants starts at 9:45 p.m.

Mark Eckel

Jake Arrieta and the Phillies — why would I bet Arrieta? — cost us a perfect Wednesday.

San Diego remained hot with a walk-off win over Texas and the underdog Giants and a revitalized Johnny Cueto handled the Angels. Max Muncy also homered. The Braves and Marcel Ozuna were postponed.

Now it’s onto Thursday with an afternoon delight and a Bay Area parlay.

Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Pitchers: Spencer Turnbull vs. Lucas Giolito

Over/Under: 8 1/2 runs

Arizona Diamondbacks at Oakland A's, 9:40 p.m.

Pitchers: Alex Young vs. Sean Manaea

Odds: Diamondbacks +125; As - 155

Los Angeles Angels at San Francisco Giants, 9:45 p.m.

Pitchers: Jose Suarez vs. Kevin Gausman

Odds: Angels -125; Giants +115

The Cycle

Single: I’m looking for the White Sox to continue to play long ball Thursday afternoon and for the slumping Tigers to get into the act as well. I like the ChiSox to win, but I like the over 8 1/2 even better.

Double: Suarez makes his season debut for the Angels after a rough rookie year where he had an ERA close to 8. The Giants are playing good baseball and Gausman has been solid in every start this season. Take the Giants.

Triple: Let’s try a Bay Area parlay with the Giants and Gausman hooked up with Oakland and Manaea against Arizona.

Home Run: Take Chicago’s Edwin Encarnacion and Cincinnati’s Joey Votto to both take one out Thursday.

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