Detroit Tigers vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick – MLB July 26, 2020

    Spencer Turnbull (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

The Detroit Tigers responded following a beatdown on Opening Day for a 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The win for the Tigers was highlighted by a Miguel Cabrera 2-run long ball to put the visitors up 3-2 in the 7th inning. The Reds fought back to tie the ballgame up off a Curt Casali solo bomb. Jacoby Jones put the Tigers ahead for good with a 2-run home run in the top of the 9th.

A quality start by Luis Castillo went to waste, as the Reds’ bullpen allowed the Tigers to have their way at the plate. It’s absolutely necessary that Miggy gets going for the Tigers in this shortened season. Maybe he gets hot and the Tigers become a surprising postseason team in the year of an expanded playoff. As unlikely as it is, it’s only going to happen if Miggy gets his stroke back at the plate.

The Tigers went 47-114 last season with a win percentage of less than 30%. That led to the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which resulted in what the Tigers are hoping for is the future of their offense. Spencer Torkelson has a lot of potential, but he is not yet ready to appear in the big leagues. The Tigers don’t have a true ace in their rotation either. They’re hoping that Casey Mize is the answer to their pitching woes. Mize is starting in the minors instead of making the Opening Day roster.

That isn’t a knock against Mize, but it’s a smart move to preserve his arm for when the Tigers have a better team. They will likely get his feet wet next season, and ease him into a permanent role as a 25-year-old in two years. For now, there are holes throughout the Tigers’ roster, though they could be a contender again in 2023-2024.

The Tigers are excited about Spencer Turnbull, as they are seeking a breakout campaign from him in 2020. He has been in great form in spring/summer training. Trevor Bauer is scheduled to get his first start of the season on Sunday. Head below for our free Detroit Tigers vs. Cincinnati Reds pick for July 26, 2020 in MLB.

Detroit Tigers vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Baseball Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Tigers +1.5 (-110)
  • Reds -1.5 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • Tigers (+196)
  • Reds (-215)
Total Points:

  • Over 9 (-120)
  • Under 9 (+100)

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Detroit Tigers vs. Cincinnati Reds Prediction:

The Tigers are unlikely going to see the same clutch hitting they did yesterday often in 2020. Scratching out close wins here and there is going to have to be a way of life for the Tigers. That could happen with Spencer Turnbull on the hill, who has looked promising and seems to put in a lot of work in the offseason.

The 27-year-old was out of sorts as a rookie in 2019, but there were moments for Turnbull that looked good. He concluded the season with an ERA of 4.61 and 1.54 WHIP. Turnbull was beginning to pick things up in the late stages of 2019. He didn’t allow more than 3 earned runs in his final three outings of the season. Turnbull went through a rough stretch, but was able to settle down and produce.

Turnbull is coming off an impressive instrasquad performance. He faced 12 hitters across 4 innings and didn’t allow any of them to reach base. Turnbull also struckout six to usher in a new season and mindset for him this season. He consulted with a sports psychologist and re-tuned his diet in the offseason. In exhibition games at least, it’s translated to success for Turnbull. In four spring training outings, Turnbull posted an ERA of 0.82 and 0.73 WHIP in 11 innings.

Trevor Bauer finally hits the mound for his first start of the season. Bauer was the most vocal player on social media during player negotiations with MLB. He was not a fan of the proposals and counter proposals by MLB, let’s put it that way. Bauer is coming off a respectable year, with a 3.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 2019.

In three spring training games in 2020, Bauer tossed an ERA of 1.00 and 0.44 WHIP across 9 innings. The Tigers are hitting .236 with a .275 OBP versus Bauer in 162 at-bats. He should be able to navigate through this so-so Detroit lineup on Sunday. Even money on the UNDER is good value for this bet.

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