Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers Betting Preview

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The Cincinnati Reds are making a road trip to Detroit to play the Tigers at Comerica Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Ohio will be showing this interleague showdown.

Cincinnati Reds at Detroit Tigers Odds

Vegas is listing Detroit (-115) as the favorite over Cincinnati (+105). Bettors can gamble on the games total with odds sitting at -115 for over 9 runs and -105 for under 9. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds sitting at -200 for the Reds +1.5 runs and +170 for the Tigers -1.5.

The Tigers are 55-52 against the spread (ATS), but only 45-61 straight up (SU). The team has lost 0.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.0 units (ATS). The Reds are 47-58 SU and have gone 62-44 ATS. In total, the teams lost 1.2 units for moneyline gamblers, but have gained 7.0 units ATS.

Tigers games have a 43-60-4 over/under record in 2018. The Reds have been a decent over bet with a total record of 56-46-4.

Sal Romano is getting the nod for the visiting Reds. The right-handed Romano (6-8, 5.04 ERA) has recorded 79 strikeouts in 110.2 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with six strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Detroit this year.

The Tigers are going with righty Mike Fiers (7-6, 3.54 ERA), who has 86 strikeouts and 26 walks, as well as a 1.24 WHIP. Fiers has yet to face the Reds this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.

Cincinnati’s pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.24 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 7.50 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.13, along with a K/9 of 7.91.

Reds hitters have slashed .258/.341/.404 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game this season, including 3.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Cincinnati’s hitters have been paced by second baseman Scooter Gennett and shortstop Jose Peraza, who have combined to drive in 100 runs. Gennett is hitting .317/.368/.503 with 16 home runs, 65 RBIs and 63 runs scored, while Peraza (.293/.339/.395) has produced five homers, 35 RBIs, 55 runs and 17 stolen bases.

In the home-team dugout, Detroit’s pitching staff has given up 4.6 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 4.38 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.43 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 7.8 K/9.

The Detroit hitters have produced 3.9 runs per outing, including 3.5 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over their last five. The team has hit .232/.291/.369 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Tigers offense has been led by right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is hitting .294/.347/.500 with 15 home runs, 57 RBIs and 57 runs scored, and Iglesias has put up a line of .266/.308/.387 with four homers, 41 RBIs, 33 runs and 13 stolen bases.

The Reds have lost 3.2 units and are 46-33 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 39 of those games, compared to 37 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 9.8 units and are 36-42 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 29 of those games, compared to 46 that’ve cashed the under.

Cincinnati Reds at Detroit Tigers Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Tigers, ATS Winner – Reds, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in just two of Detroit’s last seven games.
  • Detroit has posted 16.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.0 over its last five.
  • Both teams have hit 10 home runs over their last 10 games.