In the first of a one-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (51-70) and the Detroit Tigers (59-63) at the Great American Ball Park, Keyvius Sampson (2-2, 4.43 ERA) and Buck Farmer (0-2, 8.39 ERA) get the ball. The Reds go into this series on an eight-game losing streak. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 24 and will air on FSOH and FSDT.
In his most recent outing, Sampson pitched 3.1 innings, giving up four runs, striking out two and walking two in a 4-3 loss to the Royals. The Tigers were unsuccessful to the Cubs 10-8 the last time Farmer pitched. He went 1.1 innings, allowing three runs and walking one. Miguel Cabrera (.367, 51 Rs, 16 HRs, 59 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Cincinnati, a -121 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Detroit. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Reds have a 27-22 record and overall money line at -1,848. They have struggled as the favorite over their last 10 games, going 0-2. The Reds come into the game with the NL's third-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 4.4 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Reds rank third in the NL in hits at home with 9.0 per game. The Reds are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high 111 steals. Transitioning to the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out at the Great American Ball Park, averaging 8.4 strikeouts per home game.
On the other side, the Tigers have a record of 26-35 when they are the underdog and are -439 overall with the money line. When playing NL opponents, they have a 3-4 as the favorite and 9-10 SU. They sport the fifth-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.4 runs per game. Detroit is the top hitting team in the AL with an average of 9.6 hits per contest.
In their previous three games this season, the Reds have a 2-1 record. This game will feature Farmer (RHP) on the mound against the Reds, who have a 39-53 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Sampson will take the mound against the Tigers, who have a 42-50 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cin, O/U - Over
Cincinnati recorded at least two errors for the 17th time this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Reds are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 7-44. The Reds have an 8-50 record when opponents outhit them.
Detroit ranks in the top half of the league at 12th when it comes to home runs, hitting 123 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 129.
Ranking first in hits, Detroit has earned 9.56 per game this season. Cincinnati ranks seventh with 8.60 hits.
Ranking 16th, Cincinnati is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .763.
When the Tigers allow at least one home run, they are 29-50, well-matched with the Reds who are 22-55 when allowing at least one homer.