During the early part of the season, interleague games are often viewed as a welcome little reprieve from the daily grind of facing the same old divisional or league opponents. Teams are aware that the wins and losses in the interleague games all count the same as every other game, but there is still a bit of a relaxed attitude in the outings versus an uncommon foe. All of that goes out the window once we hit this stage of the season, especially when the schedule maker delivers an interleague game featuring a pair of teams battling for a playoff spot in their respective leagues.
There is a lot of series with playoff implications going on in the early part of this week, including one that sees the Milwaukee Brewers head west to face the Oakland Athletics in a series that has big playoff implications for both teams. It is the A’s who have been the more consistent team of late, but these interleague series tend to have a way of acting as a great leveler. Oakland is favored by 1 ½, with the run total for the Tuesday night game set at 9 ½.
Brewers vs Athletics MLB Odds & Expert Analysis
- When: Tuesday, July 30 at 10:07 PM EST
- Where: Alameda Coliseum, Oakland
- Starting Pitchers: Houser vs. Bassitt
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Oakland Athletics -125 (Total 9)
Why bet on the Milwaukee Brewers?The Milwaukee Brewers have split their time at the top of the NL Central with the Chicago Cubs, but a recent dip in form, which came at the same time as a Cardinals surge, has seen Milwaukee slip down to the #3 spot, albeit still just a single game out of first. The race for this division is going to go all the way down to the wire, and with the Cardinals and Cubs going head to head to start this week, Milwaukee has an opportunity to slip past both and into the top spot.
The problem here is that they have been just okay on the road, going 23-27 SU, plus they have also been poor in interleague play, going 3-7 in those 10 games. The Brewers have been a great bet as a road dog, going 21-11 ATS. They will have Adrian Houser (4-4, 4.19 ERA) on the mound for this one.
- Runs: 4.89
- Hits: 8.51
- Walks: 3.84
- Strike Outs: 9.44
- Runs: 4.97
- Hits: 8.86
- Walks: 3.45
- Strike Outs: 9.32
Why bet on the Oakland Athletics?The Oakland A’s have been a time on fire of late, surging up into second in the AL West, although 8 games off the pace being set by the Houston Astros, a team that looks like a legitimate World Series contender. The A’s have slipped a little of late, going 5-5 in their last 10 games, but they did close out the weekend with back to back wins, so there are signs that they might be about to get back to winning ways.
Playing at home certainly helps, as Oakland has gone 33-22 in their own building, including winning 8 of their last 10 at home. As a home favorite, they are 16-22 ATS. They will have Chris Bassitt (7-5, 4.09 ERA) on the mound for this one.
- Runs: 5.08
- Hits: 8.42
- Walks: 3.29
- Strike Outs: 7.88
- Runs: 4.38
- Hits: 8.38
- Walks: 3.15
- Strike Outs: 7.68
Brewers vs Athletics MLB Betting Trends
- Brewers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games against Oakland
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee’s last 7 games on the road
- Athletics are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland’s last 5 games played on a Tuesday
- Brewers are 32-36 against the money line in night games this season
- Athletics are 60-46 against the money line in all games this season
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Brewers vs AthleticsThe recent dip in form can probably be seen as nothing more than a minor blip for the A’s, as it would have been near impossible for them to maintain such a hot pace. I think they are gearing up for another good run, which is why I like them to win and cover here.
Score: Milwaukee Brewers 2 – Oakland A’s 6