Reds baseball is back!
As if 2020 hasn’t been strange enough, the Cincinnati Reds will open the season against the Detroit Tigers for the first time in their 151-year history. In addition, Friday night will also feature the Reds using a designated hitter in the Queen City for the first time in a regular season contest. Strap in Reds Country because it’s going to be a wild 60-game sprint to the finish.
Expectations are running high in Cincinnati for the 2020 version of the Redlegs. On paper, the team’s front office has easily assembled the best roster since the 2013 campaign which was also the club’s last appearance in the postseason.
A free agent spending spree in the offseason saw the Reds strike deals with second baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielders Shogo Akiyama and Nick Castellanos, starter Wade Miley and reliever Pedro Strop. It’s a very real possibility that October baseball will be returning to the banks of the Ohio River.
Competitive is the goal for the 2020 Detroit Tigers. It’s been a rough stretch for Motown baseball. The Tigers have lost at least 98 games the past three seasons and last year dropped a horrific 114 games. Although, the postseason is not on the team’s radar, a 60-game season to return to respectability is their aspiration.
Since the introduction of interleague play, the Reds and Tigers have split their 26 contests. The Redlegs have won five of the last eight games between the two teams and are 7-6 lifetime at home versus the hitmakers of Motown. One interesting fact is that the Reds have never recorded a shutout against the Tigers. Look for that to change over the weekend.