The Oakland Athletics edged out the Milwaukee Brewers in a close one last night, as they exited the game with a 3-2 win. Matt Olson connected on a deep fly ball to centerfield to send it over the 400-foot fence. Josh Hader was on the mound for that one, as the Athletics grabbed a huge win Tuesday night. It was their 61st win of the season to give them sole possession of the final wildcard in the American League.
The Rays are hanging on for dear life behind with a half game deficit. Boston are 2 games behind after failing to gain any ground a night ago. They’ve been so up and down, finding several different ways to lose games this year. Oakland likely aren’t going to go away. The A’s caught fire late last season, but they were already too far behind. Currently in possession of a wildcard, they’re setting themselves for August and September much better.
Teams are going to ignore the A’s and their potential, but I’m sure that they are fine with that. Oakland tend to play better as the underdogs when no one is believing in them. The A’s reportedly called the Mets inquiring about Syndergaard, though I’m not sure that they were too serious. They aren’t a team who are going to give up too much for an elite player. Wheeler just kind of feels like a guy who the Mets would like to have, though. Decent pitcher and they don’t have to give up the farm.
The Brewers are in a tight postseason race as well. However, they aren’t playing like a team who cares to win the NL Central. The division is right there for the taking, but they don’t want it. They should be thanking their lucky starts a record of 56-52 has them only 2 games behind a divisional crown. The Brewers are the only team who can say that. Newcomer, Jordan Lyles, who was recently acquired from the Pirates will see his first start as a Brewer in Oakland tonight. The A’s are expected to counter with Brett Anderson. Head below for our free Brewers vs. Athletics pick.
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Jordan Lyles comes over from the Pirates for the Brewers as a depth piece. He was quietly acquired, because well, Lyles doesn’t exactly move the meter. Perhaps a change of scenery will be best for him because he hasn’t been feeling it much in 2019, especially of late. Lyles enters his first start with the Brewers having posted an ERA of 5.36 and 1.47 WHIP in Pittsburgh.
His numbers have been skyrocketing recently as well, so I think the Pirates were just happy to get rid of the veteran for something. In his previous three tilts, Lyles posted a 14.62 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, and .511 OBP. In other words, Lyles was loading the bases on average every inning.
In three of his last four starts, he’s yielded 5 or more runs, so it doesn’t seem like the Bucs were too sad about parting ways with him. Now he gets thrown into a tough spot on the road with a new team. His teammates have quite the history against Brett Anderson, though, so Lyles could be looking at some run support here.
The Brewers have hammered Anderson in the past. The current roster is hitting a combined .432 with a .479 OBP against him in 44 at-bats. There are six players on the Milwaukee roster who are hitting greater than .500 vs Anderson in their careers. He hasn’t been too hot recently, either. Anderson goes into this matchup with an ERA of 5.19 in his last three outings.
Also note that he hasn’t been at his best in Oakland. Despite getting help from the foul territory in this park, Anderson has been below average with a 4.75 ERA and 1.51 WHIP at home. Last night didn’t give us much in the way of offense, but that should change between the Brewers and A’s this evening.