Has the tide turned for the Oakland Athletics with the arrival of warm weather?
The A's, losers of 50 games through last Monday, June 5, haven't known defeat since then winning their next four games and clinching two consecutive series against Pittsburgh and Milwaukee in the meantime.
Oakland will step onto American Family Field for a third time on Sunday trying to make it five in a row, something unheard of when it comes to A's baseball. You have to go back to 2021 (when Oakland was still putting a relatively competitive team on the field) to find a five-game winning streak attached to the name of the franchise.
That, though, might be on the verge of happening again if the A's (16-50) can sweep the Brewers (34-31) and complete their first all-wins series of the season. Tall task, but you have to believe these folks are capable of pushing through it if only because of their most recent run of results.
JP Sears (0-3, 4.20 ERA) is projected to start for the Athletics in a head-to-head matchup against Milwaukee's Freddy Peralta (5-5, 4.41 era). The former is the last A's pitcher to lose a game (he didn't earn the L, though). The latter is coming off pitching five innings in a win against the Baltimore Orioles last Wednesday.
Sears suffered against a Bucs' bunch that forced him to toss 112 pitches through 4.2 innings last Tuesday. He limited the Pirates to just two hits while striking out six men, though he also walked five hitters on the day.
Peralta has completed back-to-back six-hits-allowed games in his last two starts, both this month. He's kept hitters guessing only walking two men through 11 pitches in those two outings, striking out 12 combined. Peralta has topped 100 pitches just once this season, all the way back on April 9, though he came close last Wednesday reaching 98 before calling it a day.
This is the last game the franchise will play before the most important week in the history of the Athletics since they moved to the Bay Area from Kansas City in 1968.
Nevada will discuss the Las Vegas Stadium Bill on Monday with the special session kicking off before the first game of the series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Both teams will make history one day later, Tuesday, June 13, when the Reverse Boycott is scheduled to take place at the Oakland Coliseum.
Game Info - June 11, 2:10 PM ET @ American Family Field (Milwaukee)
TV - OAK: NBCSCA, MIL: BSWI
Audio: OAK: A's Cast, MIL: WTMJ