Tigers vs Reds Matchup

At 1:40 PM ET, the Tigers and Reds face off in an interleague matchup. This one is being played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, and the Reds are looking to snap a two-game losing streak, as they are 42-47. Detroit has won two straight and is 4th in the AL Central.

The over/under line is currently at 8 runs, and the Tigers are favored on the money line, with their odds sitting at -141 compared to +120 for the Reds. Sunday's starting pitching matchup features Tarik Skubal for the Tigers and Graham Ashcraft for the Reds. The game can be seen on BSDET.

Detroit vs. Cincinnati Matchup At A Glance

  • Teams: Tigers at Reds
  • Where: Great American Ball Park Cincinnati
  • Date: Sunday, July 7th
  • Betting Odds DET -141 | CIN +120 O/U 8

Tigers vs Reds Last Game Recap

Detroit rallied for five runs in the 8th inning in the most recent game of this Tigers vs. Reds series. The Tigers scored one run in the 1st inning but didn't score another run until putting up five in the top of the 8th, picking up a 5-3 win. Heading into the game, the Tigers were at +138 on the money line.

Cincinnati wasted a good outing from Hunter Greene, as he gave up just two hits and no earned runs in seven innings of work for the Reds. Fernando Cruz took the loss. Shelby Miller got the win out of the bullpen for the Tigers as Alex Faedo went two innings, giving up one hit and no earned runs, in the start.

Offensively, the Tigers were led by Wenceel Perez and Parker Meadows, as they were the only two Tigers hitters to have more than one hit. Perez and Spencer Steer each homered for Detroit. Steer and Tyler Stephenson each had two RBIs for the Reds.

Tigers Preview

After winning the first two games of the series, the Tigers are now 41-48 overall and 15 games behind the Guardians in the AL Central. They have a 13-12 record in divisional games. Detroit's overall series record is 10-14-4, and they have covered the run line in two straight games.

As underdogs, the Tigers have a 30-21 run line record with an average run margin of -0.3 runs per game. Their games have an average of 8.5 runs, and their O/U record for games with an 8-run line is 11-9-2. Today's over/under line is set at 8 runs.

Tarik Skubal is looking to bounce back from his last outing, where he finished with a no-decision. Against the Twins on July 2nd, he gave up three earned runs in six innings of work. Looking back further, Skubal has finished with a loss in two straight outings. His record for the season is 9-3, and he has an ERA of 2.45. Skubal has made 17 starts, and opponents are batting .198 off the left-hander this season. One of his strengths has been his ability to limit walks, as he is giving up just 1.75 per nine innings.

For the season, the Tigers are averaging 4.1 runs per game, which is 20th in the league. This is the same number of runs they are averaging both at home and on the road. As a team, they are batting just .228, which is 21st in the league, and have an on-base percentage of just .293 (22nd). Detroit's team OPS of .670 is also 22nd in the league. However, they do have the 13th best isolated power number in the league.

Riley Greene has been a bright spot for the Tigers this season, as he is batting .263 with a team-high 17 home runs and 45 RBIs. Greene is also on a four-game hitting streak. Over his last six games, Colt Keith is batting .320 with three home runs.

Reds Preview

As the underdog, the Reds have a 22-29 record this season, and they are currently in 4th place in the NL Central, trailing the Brewers by 9.5 games. Cincinnati has an overall series record of 9-16-3 this year and an average run margin of +0.2 runs per game.

This season, the Reds' games have had an average of 8.4 runs per game, and their over/under record is 38-47. When the total line is set at 8 runs, their O/U record is 4-7, and 67.4% of their games have had higher total lines than today's 8 runs.

Cincinnati is sending Graham Ashcraft to the mound today vs. the Tigers, and he will be looking to build off his last outing, where he picked up the win. Against the Yankees, Ashcraft went 5 innings, giving up 3 earned runs, and he allowed 2 homers in that outing. Looking back at his overall numbers, Ashcraft has made 14 starts, and his ERA is 5.45. Opposing batters are hitting .274 this season off Ashcraft. The right-hander has a record of 5-4 and a WHIP of 1.47. This year, he has turned in three quality starts and is averaging 6.81 strikeouts per nine innings.

Spencer Steer and Elly De La Cruz have been the Reds' top power threats this season, with Steer leading the team with 13 homers and De La Cruz close behind with 15. Steer is also batting .243 for the season, while De La Cruz is hitting .250. Steer has been hot of late, going 9/32 with four homers over his last nine games, and De La Cruz has gone 12/35 in that stretch.

As a team, the Reds are 16th in the league at 4.3 runs per game. They have been a slightly better offensive team on the road, averaging 4.5 runs per contest. Overall, the Reds are batting just .226 and have the league's 18th ranked home run total.

Tigers vs. Reds Prediction: Reds ML +120

We see the Reds coming away with a 5-4 win over the Tigers today. With the Reds being the underdogs at +120, this is a great payout for a team that we have winning the game.

Looking at the starting pitchers, we actually have Tarik Skubal finishing with more strikeouts than Graham Ashcraft. However, Skubal is projected to finish with seven K's, and we have Ashcraft finishing with four.

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