Detroit Tigers (64-72) vs. Cincinnati Reds (72-64)
September 4, 2021 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -208 / Detroit Tigers +150; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park. The Tigers need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Reds need a win after losing five of their last six games.
The Detroit Tigers have scored 29 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Tigers have lost four straight games when scoring three or less runs. Jonathan Schoop leads the Tigers with 148 hits and 72 RBI while Jeimer Candelario and Robbie Grossman have combined for 243 hits and 114 RBI. Matthew Boyd gets the ball, and he is 3-7 with a 3.50 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. Boyd is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Reds have won six of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with 138 hits and 78 RBI while Jesse Winker and Jonathan India have combined for 245 hits and 130 RBI. Tyler Mahle gets the ball, and he is 10-5 with a 3.64 ERA and 174 strikeouts this season. This will be Mahle’s second career game against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 6-2 in their last 8 road games. The Reds are 11-4 in their last 15 home games and 1-6 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series. The under is 9-3 in Tigers last 12 overall. The under is 6-2 in Reds last 8 overall. The Tigers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Cincinnati.
Boyd has pitched just once since mid June and the Tigers are a tough team to get behind when they’re struggling. Mahle has allowed 32 hits and 14 runs in his last 36.2 innings. And while the Reds aren’t having a great week, they need to take advantage of these games if they’re going to sneak into the wild card game. Give me the Reds and the RL for max betting value.