Cincinnati Reds at Detroit Tigers
MLB: Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 1:10 p.m. ET
The Reds lost the first game of this series and they have gotten off to a slow start to the abbreviated season. Game 2 was postponed because of rain and this is the first game of a double-header. This will be the first experience for the new doubleheader format with both games being seven innings.
The pitching has been the main issue for the Reds early on this season and they are at the bottom of the standings in the NL Central. Cincy began the season with a three-game home series against the Tigers where they took the opener but then lost the next two games.
The Tigers have been a surprise so far on the season with a winning record while having the worst record in the Majors last season. However, last season Detroit got off to a good start as well and then the losses piled on. Detroit has been on the winning side of several close games with a solid bullpen even though the lineup ranks in the middle of the pack in runs per game and the pitching has been decent at best.
DeSclafani Looks to Start StrongAnthony DeSclafani (0-0 0.00 ERA) looks to get off to a good start in his first start of the season. Last season he was 9-9 with an ERA of 3.89 and averaged a little more than a strikeout an inning. DeSclafani will be making his first career start against the Tigers in this game and last season the Reds were 3-1 in his four interleague starts.
Joey Votto is off to a pretty solid start after a disappointing 2019 season. Nicholas Castellanos is off to an even better start being one ranking in the top five in the Majors in RBI and is batting over .370.
Keep It Up TigersAfter a terrible 2019 season, the Tigers are off to a good 2020 in the abbreviated season and they have yet to lose two games in a row.
While Miguel Cabrera is the team leader in HR with three he is batting well under .150 and new addition C.J. Cron has struggled so far in his first year with the Tigers batting under .500. fellow new addition Jonathan Schoop is batting near .300 and is tied with Cabrera in home runs.
The Tigers’ bullpen has been solid in the early going this season, which has been key in their close game wins. Rony Garcia (0-0 6.00 ERA) gets the nod in the first game of this double-header and in his first start of the season gave up three runs in three innings in a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.
The Detroit Tigers are:
- 42-13 in their last 55 interleague home games vs. a team with a losing record
The Cincinnati Reds are:
- 2-14 in their last 16 vs. American League Central
- 1-7 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Even though Garcia did not have a great first start for the Tigers I am still going with them at home in this interleague game. They took two of three games against the Reds in the first series of the season and heading into Game 2 on Saturday they have won six of seven home games facing the Reds. The Tigers will keep up their solid play in this game and win a close one where their lineup will get it done and their bullpen will do the same. Detroit will send the Reds to another loss while their surprising start will continue.
Prediction: PICK Tigers
Full-Game Total Pick
Many of the trends for this interleague game point to the Under and that is what will happen in this game. DeSclafani will have a decent start but not a great one and I look for Garcia to do the same but like his first start the bullpen will be solid. Do not look for a lot of runs to be scored in this game and in two of the three games in the opening series between these two teams the Under was the pick. That is the pick in this game as well, so take the Under for the money pick.
Prediction: PICK Under