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Cincinnati Reds vs Detroit Tigers: Preview, Prediction & Best Bet-7/31/2020

By Drew Modjeski 

We finally got back in the win column last night as Cleveland handled Minnesota. Now we will get a good streak going as we stick in the Midwest as the Reds travel up to the Motor City. These two teams already faced off in this short season, and will be finishing up their games against each other this weekend.

Money Line- Cincinnati Reds -180, Detroit Tigers +155

Run Line- Cincinnati Reds -1.5 (-109), Detroit Tigers +1.5 (-109) 

Total- 8 (O -118, U +100) 

First Pitch- 6:10 p.m. CST. Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

Cincinnati Reds 

The Reds have had a less than stellar start to the season. After losing the opening series against the Tigers, the Reds went on to lose their next series against the Cubs. It has been a mix of losing because they can’t hit the ball or the pitching is less than stellar. They’re still many good pieces on the team, so it is just about getting them all to mesh together. 

Their big starters have been hitting off the charts to start the season. Joey Votto, Nicholas Castellanos and Mike Moustakas all are hitting over .300, have two homeruns and at least five RBIs. The problem is that the rest of the hitting has not been keeping up with them. They will need a more team hitting effort going forward if they want to put some wins together. 

Luis Castillo gets the nod on Friday after his scheduled start on Thursday got pushed back due to the game getting delayed. Castillo pitched well against the Tigers in his first start, even though the bullpen blew the rest of the game. Castillo went six innings of one run baseball while striking out 11. The bullpen then went on to let up four runs after Castillo went out of the game, but Castillo still pitched well. 

Detroit Tigers 

How does this Tigers team have four wins? This team is pretty bad, but they have found ways to piece together wins. Spencer Turnball gets his second start of the season as he pitched in one of the Tigers wins over the Reds. He pitched well in that game going five innings of one run baseball. He did have control issues as he walked four batters in that game. His first game against the Reds was the first time most of the Reds hitters faced off against Turnball, so these batters will be getting used to him. 

Analysis and Prediction 

Normally, I would say the Reds would win this one easily because they’re playing the Tigers. However, I am not that comfortable taking either team with this one since it is in Detroit. The easy way to win money on this one is to take the over of 8 runs at -118. Both these teams are used to each other since they have faced off so recently, and the Reds hitters have been getting hotter with each game. 

Drew’s 2020 MLB Record: 3-2 

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