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.
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
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.