An interleague battle is on the schedule for Saturday, August 1, 2020, when the Cincinnati Reds (2-5) visit the Detroit Tigers (5-3). This is the fifth game of six that the two teams play in the first week of the season and the Reds can clinch a season series win, with a win Saturday. This game will air live on FS1 at 1:10 p.m. EST.
The Cincinnati Reds have really struggled against the Tigers as they lost two of three at home and lost the opening game of this series in Detroit. On Friday, the Tigers shelled Reds pitching for seven runs and 11 hits in eight innings of work. Luis Castillo suffered the loss for the Reds and Spencer Turnbull got the win for Detroit.
Offense has been at a premium for Cincinnati this season as they have scored five or fewer runs in four of their seven games and have given up five or more runs in six of their seven played.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the Cincinnati Reds at Detroit Tigers. All odds are from Pointsbet Sportsbook.
Cincinnati Reds (-186) at Detroit Tigers (+158)
Pitching Matchup: Trevor Bauer (0-0, 1.42 ERA, 13 Ks) vs Michael Fulmer (0-0, 13.50 ERA, 2 Ks)
Saturday will Trevor Bauer’s second start of the 2020 season and his second start against the Detroit Tigers. Bauer started last Sunday and pitched 6.1 innings of no-decision baseball. The righty gave up just two hits, and one earned run, while striking out 13 Tigers, but a blown save cost Bauer the win.
Michael Fulmer will look to rebound from a tough opening start as he was the losing pitcher in the Tigers 14-6 loss to Kansas City last Monday. Fulmer lasted just 2.2 innings and gave up four earned runs and five hits during that timeframe. The righty is a much better pitcher than what he showed Monday and I would not be surprised to see him pitch six scoreless Saturday afternoon.
History: The Detroit Tigers lead the all-time series 19-18 and lead the season series 3-1.
Free MLB Picks: I like the Cincinnati Reds to get the win Saturday afternoon.
2020 Picks Record: 11-4