Last season, Detroit Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull led MLB in defeats and had a 3-17 record. Last Sunday, the Cincinnati Reds made Turnbull look like one of the best pitchers in the American League.
On Friday, Cincinnati tries another shot at Turnbull, and this time the Reds will have a lineup that includes second base Mike Moustakas and midfielder Nick Senzel.
Here’s what you need to know before betting on Reds Vs. Tigers.
The line: Rossi (-170), for The Action Network
Beyond below: 8.5 (-105)
Probable appetizers: Turnbull (1.80 ERA) vs. Luis Castillo (1.50)
Marked slopes: Over 8.5 (-105)
After Turnbull conceded only one heat and had eight strikeouts in five innings in his seasonal debut, Tiger Manager Ron Gardenhire said Turnbull is still growing as a player.
“He knows he has good things. I don’t know how to say it: we all know he’s a little crazy, “Gardenhire told reporters.” You have to be (crazy) to play baseball. When it’s out there on the mound, it’s quirky and all those good things. It’s fun to watch him with the things he has, and now he’s finding out how to use those things. “
Tackling this Reds betting order a second time will be one of the toughest challenges in Turnbull’s young career.
Turnbull only managed 2.5 times in the Reds order in his seasonal debut on Sunday, and last season Turnbull struggled the more he faced the blows. The first time through the batting order, the opposing shooters had an average OPS (.765) against Turnbull. The second through the order, the opponent’s hits hit like All Stars against Turnbull and increase an .856 OPS. Turnbull also gave up almost double the number of home runs for the second time during batting training.
With the Reds adding Moustakas and Senzel in the formation, Turnbull is less likely to be the most dominant in the middle of the Reds order. Last season, Moustakas played 24 home runs and 60 RBI against right-wing pitchers in 131 bats.
Rossi (-1.5): -110
With an appropriate match against Turnbull and Castillo on the mound, this is a game that the Reds should win for more than one run.
Castillo should give the offense a large margin of error. In 40 career appearances, current Tigers players have only eight hits combined against Castillo, who scored eleven Tigers in his 2020 debut.
Last season, Castillo allowed more than three races in just seven of his 32 starts. Four of these starts were against playoff teams. Castillo has no record of fighting opponents like Detroit.