Even though Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Tommy Milone has won both of his last two decisions, the left-hander surrendered nine earned runs in the process. If it were not for Oakland’s stellar run support, he would have lost his sixth and seventh game in a row. Milone has a great opportunity to improve his earned run average and other statistics when he faces the Milwaukee Brewers Monday night.
The Brewers did manage to come close to sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, but overall, the team has struggled mightily. They won only five games in the month of May, as nothing seems to be working correctly. Even though Milwaukee is determined to turn over a new leaf in June, their psyche is still damaged from the beating.
It will not be an easy task for Milone to bring down his 4.04 ERA, especially since several players on the Brewers are getting hot at the plate. However, if Oakland’s offense can jump on Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada early then the Brewers sluggers will get frustrated. They will start swinging for the fence instead of getting on base and manufacturing runs.
With that being said, at some point Milone is going to have to carry his own weight instead of relying on his teammates to ensure his win. There is no better time than on Monday to begin his turnaround. The Athletics have plenty of momentum after sweeping the Chicago White Sox, and the Brewers have appeared to be on the ropes for quite some time.
The major thing Milone must be careful is keeping the ball in the ball park. Milwaukee hits home runs at a rapid pace, especially at Miller Park. Considering Milone has surrendered 11 homers this season it could very well turn into a slugfest.