In the first of a two-game series between the Oakland Athletics (28-41) and the Milwaukee Brewers (31-39) at O.C. Coliseum, Sonny Gray (3-6, 5.54 ERA) and Jimmy Nelson (5-6, 3.92 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 21 and will air on CSCA and FSWI.
In his last start, Gray pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 7-5 loss to the Rangers. The Brewers were unsuccessful against the Giants 10-1 the last time Nelson pitched. He went 3.2 innings, allowing eight runs (two unearned), striking out two and walking three. Ryan Braun (.315, 29 Rs, 12 HRs, 37 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Brewers, going 2 for 4 Sunday.
The Athletics are a -150 favorite with a total of 8.
Pick - OAK
In their last game, the Brewers lost by a margin of one run. The Athletics are 8-12 in one-run games. The Brewers have an 11-12 record in close games.
The Athletics didn't score any runs in their last game. The Brewers have a 2-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 4-33. The Athletics have a 5-34 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd in home runs, Oakland has hit 69 this season. Milwaukee ranks 19th with 74 home runs.
Ranking 29th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 159 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top five at third with 271.
The Athletics are 23-19 when they hit at least one home run. The Brewers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 22-17 record.