Detroit Tigers (0-0) at Cincinnati Reds (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 5:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Ivan Nova (0-0) (0.00) vs. Luis Castillo (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -200 / Detroit Tigers +170 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday in MLB action from Great American Ball Park.
This will be game two of three in the Reds’ home opener weekend series. In the Friday game, Cincinnati jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and cruised to an eventual 7-1 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Detroit couldn’t get much going at all offensively in the Friday opener. The Tigers were out-hit 9-3 in the game, and struck out 13 times as a team. CJ Cron was the only relative bright spot, as he cracked a solo homer in the fourth inning. Detroit didn’t get a whole lot from starting pitcher Matthew Boyd either. He went 5.0 innings with six hits, four earned, two strikeouts and two walks.
For the Saturday game, the Tigers will be sending out veteran RHP Ivan Nova in the start. This will be his debut for Detroit. Last season, Nova went 11-12 with a 4.72 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 187.0 innings of work. In seven starts at Great American Ball Park, Nova is 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA.
Over on the Reds’ side, they were able to get right to work in the Friday opener, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning. Mike Moustakas was the lead Cincinnati hitter, coming up with a two-run homer, four RBI and three hits. Joey Votto also notched a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs. Sonny Gray did a solid job as the Reds starter as well, going 6.0 innings with one earned, two walks and nine strikeouts.
For the Saturday game, Cincinnati will roll with Luis Castillo in the start. He was the Opening Day starter last season and made his first All-Star Game. Overall in 2019, Castillo went 15-8 with a 3.40 ERA and 226 strikeouts in 190.2 innings. Over his career, Castillo carries a 28-27 record and a 3.68 ERA.
The Tigers are 7-21 in the last 28 Saturday games and 17-52 in their last 69 in game two of a series. The under is 4-0 in Detroit’s last four in game two of a series and they’re 18-42 in their last 60 interleague games.
Meanwhile, the Reds are 2-5 ATS in their last seven Saturday games and the under is 5-0 in their last five Saturday games. The under is 37-18-3 in Cincinnati’s last 58 in game two of a series and they’re also 3-5 in their last eight overall.
Pick: I’m going Reds again. I’m on the Cincinnati bandwagon this year, as I think they’ll be in the mix for the National League Central. That race is pretty wide open, and the Reds have more than enough potential firepower to finish at number one in that race.
For Detroit it’s probably going to be another lost season. The Tigers simply don’t have any consistency in their hitting or fearsome pitchers on their roster. If this game is any indication of the overall 2020 season, Detroit looks posed for more disappointment.