Detroit Tigers vs Cincinnati Reds MLB Odds and Predictions

Posted by Mila Anderson on June 17, 2015 in

There are times when teams need to temper good news by absorbing the bad, which is pretty much what the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds are having to deal with right now. These two teams are in the middle of a 4-game series, and will conclude their interleague action when they meet in Cincinnati on Thursday night. Here are our MLB lines and preview.

A Brief Analysis of the Detroit Tigers vs Cincinnati Reds MLB Odds, Predictions & TV Info

Time: Thursday June 18,  7:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
National TV:  FS-D
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Opening line: TBA

There has been a lot to cheer about for the Reds (29-35) fans this season, but one thing that they could take heart in was the play of shortstop Zack Cosart. He was having a career year, but now word has come done that he will require surgery that will bring his season to an end. It’s a tough blow for a Cincinnati team that has been playing pretty well of late, and is something that may well send them spiraling further down the rabbit hole. After going on a modest 4-game win streak, the Reds lost 3 of 4 to the Cubs, and have started this series by splitting the first two games on home field. They will now head to Detroit to complete this series, well aware that their 12-22 road record is not something that inspires a lot of confidence. Mike Leake (3-4, 4.35 ERA) will start for the Reds on Thursday. Leake has been fairly steady over his last 3 starts, but only managed to come away with a 1-0 record.

The good news for the Tigers (34-31) is that they are starting to get healthy again, and appear to have recovered nicely from a skid that saw them lose 11 of 13 games. The bad news is that despite the turnaround, they are still sitting 4 games off the pace in the AL Central. It really could have been a whole lot worse, though, and the fact that they are getting healthy and winning games again suggests that they have a real shot at sticking around and staying competitive once the second half of the season rolls around. The Tigers and Reds split the first two games of this series in Detroit, but the Tigers are 3-games over .500 on the road this season, and must like their chances of getting something in Cincy. It helps that Justin Verlander (0-0, 3.60 ERA) will be on the mound on Thursday.

MLB Injuries


  • Alex Avila C 15-Day DL
  • Kyle Lobstein P 15-Day DL
  • Victor Martinez DH 15-Day DL
  • Joe Nathan P 60-Day DL


  • Homer Bailey P 60-Day DL
  • Jason Bourgeois OF 60-Day DL
  • Marlon Byrd OF 15-Day DL
  • Tony Cingrani P 15-Day DL
  • Zack Cozart SS 60-Day DL
  • Raisel Iglesias P 15-Day DL
  • Sean Marshall P 60-Day DL
  • Devin Mesoraco C 15-Day DL
  • Jon Moscot P 15-Day DL

Verlander threw 5 innings of 3-hit ball in his first start of the season, and should have knocked some of the rust off. I like him to get in the groove in his second game back, and I think we might end up with a low-scoring game here. I like the Tigers to get the win on the road in this one.