It’s not the usual start to the Major League Baseball Season but for millions of baseball fans across the United States and the world its Christmas in July! When most professional and college sports are unsure if they will play baseball came back tonight and had the national spotlight.
The Reds last made the playoffs in 2013 and over the past few seasons they haven’t gave their fan base much to be excited about. Last off season the Reds went out and signed Mike Moustakas (4 year contract 64 million dollars) Nick Castellanos (4 years 64 million) Shogo Akiyama and Wide Miley. Miley will help a pitching rotation that is rated as the third best in baseball before the season began only behind the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays. The opening day odds for the Reds to make the postseason has been less than 5% since 2016 except last year when it was a hearty 14.7%. This season they are the favorites to win the NL Central and have odds of 64.6% to qualify for postseason.
Reds opened tonight against the Detroit Tigers and scored the games first two runs with only a pair of hits. Matthew Boyd started for Detroit and was wild in the start. He allowed the first five hitters to reach base and Cincinnati scored their first run on a bases loaded hit by pitch, if that’s not the most 2020 start to the season I don’t know what is! New Red Moustakas with a bases loaded single put the Reds up 2-0 after an inning and that’s all Sonny Gray needed.
Sonny Gray toed the rubber on opening night and delivered going 6 innings allowing 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 9 Tigers. Castellanos joined his new teammates crushing a double and later scoring on another hit from Moose extending the Reds lead. Not wanting to be over shadowed by the newcomers old man Joey Votto hit a homerun to right in the 5th inning. Moustakas was not done as he took a pitch over the wall capping the scoring as the Reds used four pitchers to hold the Tigers to one run and only three hits.
Moustakas with three hits and four runs batted in his debut. Shogo Akiyama joined Moose and Castellanos with a base hit in his Reds debut and an RBI.
Cincinnati faces the Tigers tomorrow night at 5:10 with Luis Castillo taking the ball.