Series Preview: Reds @ Tigers


The Cincinnati Reds (28-34) will head to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Tigers (33-30).

The Reds have split their last 10 games, while going 11-21 on the road this season. The Tigers have also split their last ten and are 17-17 at home this season.

The Tigers won their last game and that is their current streak; the Reds have lost their last two games.


Game 1: DET: Anibal Sanchez (4-7, 5.16), CIN: Jon Moscot (1-1, 4.91)

Game 2: DET: Kyle Ryan (1-0, 2.08), CIN: Michael Lorenzen (1-2, 4.01)

Tonight’s Lineup:

Noteworthy: The Detroit Tigers rank third in the MLB in terms of watching the base paths. They have thrown out nearly 39% of attempted stolen bases. They have given up 24 and thrown out 15 baserunners this season.

Jun 8, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (6) steals home in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Who Has the Edge:

ERA – Detroit has a team ERA this season of 3.77 while Cincinnati is sitting at a 22nd ranked 4.13. Keep in mind Detroit is an American League team who faces one more “skilled” batter per lineup than any National League team would on a normal basis.

Team AVG. – Detroit leads the MLB in team batting average at .275. Cincinnati comes in batting .244 which ranks 23rd in the league. Both teams are hitting better in the month of June. Detroit .289 and Cincinnati .256.

On paper and by record Detroit seems to be the far superior team; however, the Reds have swept the Washington Nationals this season, along with losing to some of the other bottom dwellers. It will be an interesting series for sure.