The Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action(world series rings for sale) at Oakland Coliseum.
The Milwaukee Brewers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Brewers have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Milwaukee Brewers have won five of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Christian Yelich leads the Brewers with 124 hits and 80 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas have combined for 201 hits and 96 RBI. Chase Anderson gets the ball, and he is 5-2 with a 3.89 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. Anderson is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics(Oakland Athletics championship rings) look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Athletics have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 119 hits and 51 RBI while Ramon Laureano and Matt Chapman have combined for 211 hits and 220 RBI. Daniel Mengden gets the ball, and he is 5-2 with a 4.85 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. This will be Mengden’s second career game against the Brewers.
The Brewers are 13-5 in their last 18 during game 3 of a series, 3-8 in their last 11 interleague games and 2-9 in their last 11 interleague road games. The Athletics are 8-1 in their last 9 during game 3 of a series, 9-4 in Mengdens last 13 home starts and 9-3 in Mengdens last 12 starts. The Brewers are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Oakland and the under is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Mengdens last 5 starts overall. The under is 4-1 in Brewers last 5 overall.
Anderson has allowed 25 hits and 10 runs in his last 31 innings, but he has a 4.06 ERA and .279 allowed batting average on the road. Mengden has allowed 27 hits and 17 runs in his last 26.2 innings, and he has a 4.55 ERA and .238 allowed batting average at home. Mengden has also walked nine batters in his last 8.2 innings, so he's giving up homers and not finding his control. While I like backing the A's at home and it's only a matter of time before the offense bounces back, I have to side with the Milwaukee Brewers(cheap championship rings) here, as backing Mengden isn't an option for me in his current form.