Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers - 7/24/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers - 7/24/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Albert Cesare -USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers (0-0) at Cincinnati Reds (0-0)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 24, 2020 at 6:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Matthew Boyd (0-0) (0.00) vs. Sonny Gray (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -200 / Detroit Tigers +185 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds meet Friday in MLB action from Great American Ball Park. 

Detroit is coming off an ugly 47-114 campaign in 2019. The Tigers finished in the basement of the American League Central, and it was their first 100-loss season since 2003. As for the Reds, they went 75-87 last year. That finish left Cincinnati in fourth place in the National League Central and out of the playoffs. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

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Detroit and Cincinnati have played a pair of summer exhibition games this week, so they’ll get to know each other even better over the next few days of this series. As for the exhibition games, On Tuesday the Reds banged out a 9-7 victory. Freddy Galvis and Tucker Barnhart each went 2-for-3 in that one, combining for three RBI and three runs. Detroit’s Jonathan Schoop, Miguel Cabrera and CJ Cron each had a pair of hits in that one as well. 

In the Wednesday exhibition matchup, Cincinnati scored on a Matt Davidson solo homer in the fourth and was able to hold on for a 2-1 win thanks to a Travis Jankowski RBI. 

For the Friday season opener, Detroit will send out Matthew Boyd. This will be his first career Opening Day start. Last season, Boyd finished sixth in the American League with 238 strikeouts and averaged 11.56 strikeouts per nine innings. Boyd also had a 4.56 ERA and a 9-12 record in his 32 starts of 2019. 

Over on the Reds’ side, they’re going with Sonny Gray in the Opening Day start on Friday. Gray made the All-Star team last season, and got better as the year went on. After June 27, Gray went 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 15 starts to close out 2019. He carried a 2.87 ERA and an 11-8 record overall. 

The Tigers are 15-36 in their last 51 in game one of a series and 17-42 in their last 59 Friday games. Detroit is 13-40 in their last 53 games as a road underdog and 12-40 in their last 52 road games. 

Meanwhile, the Reds are 2-5 in their last seven overall and 2-6 in their last eight at home versus a left-handed starter. Cincinnati is 0-4 in their last four home games and 0-4 in their last four in game one of a series. 

Pick: I’m going Reds. And yes, I’m one of those people who is high on Cincinnati this season. Though I think Detroit will come out pretty strong in this one with Boyd on the mound, I don’t think they’ve got the legs to keep up with the Cincinnati hitters on the scoreboard. The Reds are a much-improved team and have more than enough talent to take a wide-open NL Central in 2020. It should be fun to watch, and I think it all starts here. 

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