Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani swings for a three-run home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas in the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Oakland, Calif.
Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani swings for a three-run home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas in the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Oakland, Calif.|Ben Margot | Associated Press
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Tuesday MLB Best Bets: Eckel selects HR hitters and picks Angels vs Astros, Red Sox vs Blue Jays, and Twins vs Indians

First pitch of game 1, Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros is at 4:05 pm, Boston Red Sox at Blue Jays isat 6:35 pm, and Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians is at 7:10 pm

Mark Eckel

This has been a strange baseball season today the least, with a lot of changes and new rules.

I have to admit I think I like it. I like pitchers having to face a minimum of three hitters. I’m beginning to like a man on second to begin extra innings. And I really like the 7-inning doubleheaders.

There are two DHs Tuesday and we’re actually selecting one of them.

Here’s Tuesday’s games.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros, 4:05 pm, Game 1 of DH

Pitchers: Jose Suarez vs. Christian Javier

Odds: Angels +130; Astros -160

Boston Red Sox at Blue Jays, 6:35 pm

Pitchers: Kyle Hart vs. Chase Anderson

Odds: Red Sox +110; Blue Jays -120

Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians, 7:10 pm

Pitchers: Rich Hill vs. Shane Bieber

Odds: Twins +160; Indians -175

THE CYCLE

Single: The Astros saved us from a disastrous Monday night and we are coming right back with them in the first game of the DH. Houston is good at home (11-4), while the Angels are awful on the road (4-12). Rookie Christian Javier (2-1, 3.55 RA) has been decent for the Astros. Jose Suarez gave up five runs in 1 1/3 innings last week against the Giants in his debut for an ERA of 33.75. It will likely come down Tuesday, but not enough. Take Christian over the Angels.

Double: Boston (9-20) is a bad team. There is just no getting around that fact. And the Sox starting pitcher Tuesday, Kyle Hart might need a GPS to find the plate after he walked seven batters in his last 5 innings of work. The Blue Jays, are 7-2 in their last nine games, and return to there home away from home in Buffalo. Take the Jays.

Triple: It’s hard to lay -175 against a team as good as the 20-win Twins. But it’s not that hard when they’re facing the best pitcher in baseball in Shane Bieber (5-0, 1.11 ERA), who is also 4-0 in his career against Minnesota. Twins starter Rich Hill is 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in eight appearances against the Indians. Take Cleveland.

Home Runs: Let’s go with Washington’s Juan Soto against the Phillies; and the Blue Jays’ Vlad Guerrero Jr.

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