The Milwaukee Brewers (56-52, third in NL Central) play the second of a three-game set against the Oakland Athletics (61-47, second in AL West) Wednesday at Ring Central Coliseum. First pitch is scheduled for 10:07 p.M. Eastern.
Oakland won Tuesday’s series-opener 3-2 thanks to a 10th-inning walk-off homer by 1B Matt Olson.
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Milwaukee Brewers at Oakland Athletics: Projected Starting Pitchers
RHP Jordan Lyles vs. LHP Brett Anderson.
Lyles will make his first start since rejoining the Brewers for a hopeful playoff run for the second year in a row. The 28-year-old enters the day with a 5.36 ERA but 4.38 xFIP through 17 starts and 82 1/3 innings with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s striking out 9.84 hitters per nine against 3.61 walks and 1.75 home runs. Opponents are getting lucky with a .326 batting average on balls in play and 18.2 percent of fly balls hit off Lyles have left the park. Last outing: Lyles gave up eight runs (five earned) including three homers over just 1 2/3 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Anderson will make his second start since the birth of his son and hopes to be better rested this time out. The 31-year-old journeyman comes in with a 4.05 ERA through 21 starts and 120 innings. He’s striking out just 4.58 batters per nine, but he has still been able to strand 73.5 percent of base runners. He’s inducing a ground-ball rate of 52.4 percent. His best starts have come on the road, as his ERA rises to 4.75 at home. Last outing: Anderson’s most-recent performance was only slightly better than that of Lyles. He allowed five earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in a home loss to the Texas Rangers.
Milwaukee Brewers at Oakland Athletics: By the Numbers
Milwaukee Brewers at Oakland Athletics: Picks and Betting Tips
Moneyline: Take the better value with the superior Brewers offense at +112 with neither starting pitcher inspiring anything on their own merit.
Run line: The -166 for the Brew Crew to cover +1.5 is also a fine play, but the moneyline is the suggested play, here.
Over/under: The best play is the OVER (9, -116) with both starters getting lit up their last time out, and more often than not this season.
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