MLB Preview: Oakland Athletics vs. Struggling Milwaukee Brewers

Kyle Lohse

Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire

The Oakland Athletics come into tonight’s game against a struggling Milwaukee Brewers team at Miller Park. The Athletics enter the game boasting a 9-1 record in their last 10 games, including a 10-2 victory on Monday over Milwaukee. During that streak, they have averaged to score almost six runs a game while allowing just shy of three runs against.

The pitching has surely done its job along with bats to allow the Athletics to rise to the top of their division, only trailing the Texas Rangers by 1.5 games.

In tonight’s contest, they send 25-year-old A.J. Griffin to the mound against the Brewers’ Kyle Lohse. Griffin enters the game with a 5-4 record along with a 4.04 ERA. In his last outing, he pitched 5.2 innings, allowing four runs. Griffin could fare better against the Brewers, who seem to have no home field advantage at all, losing 18 of their 30 total games at the ball park.

The Brewers will showcase offseason acquisition Lohse, who many thought would bring the pitching spark to the team this season the Brewers needed to make a run at winning the divisions title. So far, it has not been so.

Lohse takes the mound holding a 1-6 record and a 4.37 ERA as he tries to avoid his sixth consecutive loss. If the Brewers hope to add one to the good side of the record, Lohse’s performance will be the key as he tries to slow down the overwhelming bats of the Athletics. Although, they may need some additional help from the widely-known Brewer fanatic, Front Row Amy, who will be in attendance tonight.

Milwaukee made two moves on Monday as they called up Scooter Gennett, a second baseman from Triple-A Nashville, along with engaging in a trade with the Atlanta Braves and acquiring Juan Francisco, a third baseman, for minor league pitcher Tom Keeling. Francisco is expected to join the team today, bringing to the club a .241 average with five home runs for the Braves this season.

The Brewers square off against the Athletics tonight at 8:10 pm ET hoping to end Oakland’s streak of four straight against the Milwaukee, and more importantly getting the team headed in the right direction with a win over a top notch MLB ballclub.

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