Athletics vs Astros: MLB Betting Lines, Stats and Predictions – April 2, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on April 2, 2021

The Oakland Athletics will look to pick up their first win of the season when they take on the Houston Astros on Friday. The game begins at 9:40 PM ET, with the Athletics listed as favorites on the moneyline. Jesus Luzardo gets the starting nod for Oakland while Cristian Javier is Houston’s starter for the contest.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of April 2, 2021, 3:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to place a bet at DraftKings.

Athletics vs Astros Betting Lines

Athletics Betting Insights

  • Last season, the Athletics were favored 45 times and won 30, or 66.7%, of those games.
  • Oakland had a record of 20-7, a 74.1% win rate, when favored by -148 or more by bookmakers last season.
  • Oddsmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Athletics have a 57.6% chance to win.
  • Games involving Oakland went over the total set by bookmakers in 23 of 56 chances last season.

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Astros Betting Insights

  • The Astros won in three, or 18.8%, of the 16 contests they were named as odds-on underdogs in last year.
  • Houston had a mark of 1-3 in contests where sportsbooks set them as +128 or longer on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Astros have a 42.4% chance of coming away with a victory in the contest.
  • Contests with Houston went over the total set by bookmakers in 28 of 58 chances last season.

Astros Probable Pitcher – Cristian Javier

    • Javier starts for the first time this season for the Astros.
    • In his last appearance on Friday, Oct. 16, the 24-year-old right-hander threw in relief and went one inning against the Rays.
    • Javier and his team put together a 1-4 record in the five games he appeared in when they were moneyline underdogs a season ago.

Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of April 2, 2021 at 6:06 AM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

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Athletics Probable Pitcher – Jesús Luzardo

    • Luzardo gets the nod for the Athletics and will make his first start of the season.
    • The 23-year-old lefty last pitched Wednesday, Oct. 7 against the Astros, tossing 4 1/3 innings as the starter.
    • Luzardo and his team won as favorites in 55.6% of his nine appearances last season with a moneyline.

Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of April 2, 2021 at 6:06 AM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Athletics Hitting Stats

  • The Athletics ranked 18th-best in baseball with 71 total home runs last season.
  • The Athletics went 13-4 last season in games when they hit at least two home runs.
  • Mark Canha finished with a .246 average, five home runs and 33 RBI last season.
  • Mitch Moreland posted a .265 average with 10 homers and 29 RBI.

Astros Hitting Stats

  • The Astros’ 69 home runs ranked 19th in Major League Baseball.
  • They were 11-8 last season when they hit two or more home runs in a game.
  • Michael Brantley had 51 hits with a batting average of .300 last season.
  • Carlos Correa powered out five home runs a season ago while slugging .383.

Game Prediction

Moneyline Pick: Astros (+128)

Over/Under Pick: Over (8)

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm derived from offensive performance metrics and probable starting pitchers.

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