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[10:07 p.m. EST] Milwaukee Brewers at Oakland Athletics (ML: -120)
MIL: Adrian Houser – R (4-4, 4.19 ERA/1.40 WHIP)
OAK: Chris Bassitt – R (7-5, 4.09 ERA/1.20 WHIP)
The SpreadKnowledge MLB Free Pick of the Day comes to us from the Brewers-A’s game, with the home team winning having one of the most likely outcomes in our system. Oakland a solid 41-22 record since May 16 (tied for best in MLB) and a 24-11 record since June 17.
With Milwaukee’s pitching mired in injury shambles, they’ll send Adrian Houser to the mound tonight, and that has been a good thing for opposing offenses. While Houser has done decent work out of the bullpen, his last four starts have not gone well, allowing 25 hits, eight walks and 15 runs over a span of 17 innings in those outings.
Not to mention, right behind Houser, we’re looking at a Brewers bullpen that has the eighth-highest ERA (5.10) in all of MLB since the All-Star break.
Chris Bassitt had a tough time against the Astros last time out, but he’s been slightly better pitching at home this season – 4-3, 3.51 ERA compared to 3-3, 4.53 ERA on the road. No one will ever confuse Bassitt for being one of the best pitchers in baseball, he’s done a fine job of limiting opposing offenses and not letting games get out of hand.
The temperatures are expected to be in the upper-50s for tonight’s game, and that should neutralize a lot of Milwaukee’s power. In fact, some of Bassitt’s best performances this season came when the weather wasn’t brutally hot. Look for him to have a great night, and the A’s offense to add in sparingly throughout the game.
* Final Score Prediction * Oakland Athletics: 6 – Milwaukee Brewers: 3