Oakland Athletics vs. Milwaukee Brewers
MLB Pick: Milwaukee -102 (June 5th 2013)
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The A’s wasted a brilliant performance from A.J. Griffin last night, as the bullpen gave up three runs in the 8th, and Milwaukee went on to win 4-3 in extra-innings.
It was a tough loss, especially for Griffin who tossed seven scoreless innings allowing just four hits. Now the A’s have to get back onto the field early Wednesday for Game 3, less than 24 hours later.
Adding to their troubles is the fact that tomorrow’s starter is facing what appears to be an imminent suspension for using PEDs, after his season was cut short by a suspension for steroid use last year. This might be the end of the line for 41 year old Bartolo Colon.
Colon (6-2, 3.33 ERA) is having himself quite a season, so whatever supplements he’s been taking appear to be working. Not only will he have a potential suspension hanging over his head, but he could be a little fatigued after going the distance in his last start, throwing over 106 pitches. You don’t see many 41 year olds pitching complete games these days, even if they are all juiced up.
The Brewers will send Yovani Gallardo to the hill, and he’s coming off a win his last time out. Gallardo (4-5, 5.05 ERA) allowed five runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings at Philadelphia, but picked up the win behind eight runs of support.
It’s fair to say that Gallardo has struggled this season, but he’s been much better at home than he has been on the road. The A’s haven’t seen a lot of Gallardo, but those players that have seen him in the past haven’t enjoyed much success. Nobody is hitting better than .200 against him.
We’re getting a good price on the home team here, all things considered.
Take the Brewers.