Oakland Athletics' Stephen Piscotty, center, celebrates with Mark Canha (20) and Robbie Grossman (8) after hitting a three-run home run off San Francisco Giants' Dereck Rodriguez in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in San Francisco.
Oakland Athletics' Stephen Piscotty, center, celebrates with Mark Canha (20) and Robbie Grossman (8) after hitting a three-run home run off San Francisco Giants' Dereck Rodriguez in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in San Francisco. |AP Photo/Ben Margot
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Bet Saturday Baseball: Eckel picks the Twins vs Tigers, A's vs Astros and Padres vs Rockies and likes Piscotty and Arenado to go deep

Eckel's first game is the Twins at Tigers with first pitch at 1:10 p.m. EDT

Mark Eckel

Who doesn’t love afternoon baseball?

There are eight day games Saturday, most as part of the new 7-inning doubleheaders, which I also love, and we got picks all day (and night) for you.

Friday was good: Two wins, a rainout, and a home run by Luis Robert. Let’s do the same Saturday.

Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers, 1:10 p.m. (Game One)

Pitchers: Randy Dobnak vs. Matt Boyd

Odds: Twins -145; Tigers +135

Oakland A's at Houston Astros, 4:10 p.m. (Game One)

Pitchers: Chris Bassitt vs. Lance McCullers

Odds: As +105; Astros -125

San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies, 8:10 p.m.

Pitchers: Adrian Morejon vs. Antonio Senzatela

Odds: Padres -130; Rockies +110

THE CYCLE

Single: The Twins/Tigers is a do-over for us from Thursday night. It was postponed for protest, rescheduled for Friday and then rained out. I still like Dobnak, one of the best stories of the year and don’t like Boyd. Take the Twins.

Double: Anther do-over is the A's/Astros, which got rained out Friday night. And once again I like Bassitt a lot more than I do McCullers. So. . .Take the A's.

Triple: This is a fresh wager for you. The Rockies have been up and down all season. But Senzatela has been good with a 3-1 record and a decent ERA. He’s been especially good the past two years against the Padres (7-1, 3.10 ERA). Morejon is a top prospect, but isn’t there yet and could get rocked at Coors Field. Take the Rockies.

Home Run: Let’s go with Oakland’s Stephen Piscotty and Colorado’s Nolan Arenado to hit home runs Saturday.

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