Philadelphia Phillies' Alec Bohm (28) slides safe to second as Washington Nationals' shortstop Trea Turner waits for the ball during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.
Philadelphia Phillies' Alec Bohm (28) slides safe to second as Washington Nationals' shortstop Trea Turner waits for the ball during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. |Manuel Balce Ceneta | Associated Press
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Wednesday MLB Best Bets from Eckel: 3 HR picks, Phillies vs Nationals, Orioles vs Rays, and A's vs Rangers

First pitch: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals at 6:05 p.m., Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays at 6:40 p.m., and Oakland A’s at Texas Rangers at 8:05 p.m.

Mark Eckel

A 2-1 Tuesday at least got back on the winning track, so let’s make it a winning Wednesday with a variety of MLB picks.


Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals, 6:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Aaron Nola vs. Patrick Corbin

Odds: Phillies -115; Nationals -105

Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays, 6:40 p.m.

Pitchers: Asher Wojciechowski vs. Trevor Richards

Over/Under 9 runs


Oakland A’s at Texas Rangers, 8:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Mike Fiers vs. Kolby Allard

Odds: As -150; Rangers +130


THE CYCLE

Single: Baltimore and Tampa Bay aren’t exactly running out their aces Wednesday night. Wojo is 1-3 and has a 4.84 ERA and in his career agains the Rays he’s 0-1 with a 5.60 ERA. Richards doesn’t have a decision this season, which is fortunate for him because his ERA is 5.94. Against the Orioles he’s 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. Take the over.

Double: The Phillies and Nats are throwing aces. Nola is coming off his worst start of the year, however, and Corbin is coming off his best. Factor that with Nola being 4-6/4.22 vs. the Cats and Corbin 5-2/3.18 vs the Phillies. Take the Nats.

Triple: Mike Fiers is one of those pitchers that just wins. Oakland is 5-1 when he starts this season, despite an ERA climbing toward the 5-range. He’ll win again Wednesday night. Take Oakland.

Home Run: I’m looking for Baltimore’s Anthony Santander, Tampa Bay’s Brandon Lowe and Oakland’s Matt Chapman to go deep Wednesday night.

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