Athletics vs Astros: MLB Betting Lines, Stats and Predictions – April 4, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on April 4, 2021

The Oakland Athletics (0-3) and Houston Astros (3-0) will meet on Sunday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, beginning at 4:07 PM ET. The Athletics are -114 moneyline favorites for the contest, however, the Astros favored against the spread of 1.5 runs with +170 odds. Sean Manaea starts for Oakland while Houston will counter with Jose Urquidy.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of April 4, 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

  • The Athletics won 30, or 66.7%, of the 45 games they played as favorites last season.
  • Last season, Oakland won 30 of its 45 games, or 66.7%, when favored by at least -114 on the moneyline.
  • The sportsbooks’ moneyline implies a 51.2% chance of a victory for the Athletics.
  • Last season, Oakland and its opponents hit the over in 23 of their 56 games with a total.

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Astros Betting Insights

  • The Astros were chosen as underdogs in 16 games last year and walked away with the win three times (18.8%) in those games.
  • Last year, Houston won three of 14 games when listed as at least -103 on the moneyline.
  • The Astros have an implied victory probability of 48.8% according to the moneyline set for this matchup.
  • Houston and its opponents went over the total last season in 28 of their 58 opportunities.

Astros Probable Pitcher – José Urquidy

  • Urquidy will start for the Astros, his first of the season.
  • The 25-year-old right-hander last appeared Sunday, Oct. 18 against the Rays, when he came on in relief and went two innings.
  • Urquidy’s team was the underdog on the moneyline only once in a game he pitched a season ago, and lost.
  • Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of April 4, 2021 at 6:06 AM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Athletics Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 0-3
Home 0-3
Road 0-0
vs LHP (Starters) 0-0
vs RHP (Starters) 0-3
Day Games 0-0
Night Games 0-3

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Athletics Probable Pitcher – Sean Manaea

  • Manaea gets the nod for the Athletics and will make his first start of the season.
  • The last time the 29-year-old pitched was on Tuesday, Oct. 6 against the Astros. The lefty threw 4 1/3 innings as the starter in that matchup.
  • Manaea and his team won 60% of the games he started as the moneyline favorite last season, with a record of 6-4.
  • Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of April 4, 2021 at 6:06 AM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Astros Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 3-0
Home 0-0
Road 3-0
vs LHP (Starters) 2-0
vs RHP (Starters) 1-0
Day Games 0-0
Night Games 3-0

Athletics Hitting Stats

  • The Athletics ranked 18th in MLB action with 71 home runs last season. They averaged 1.2 per game.
  • The Athletics hit 41 homers at home last season (1.2 per game).
  • Mark Canha finished last season with five home runs, 33 RBI and a batting average of .246.
  • 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 hit two or more homers in 19 games last season and were 11-8 in those matchups.
  • Michael Brantley accumulated 51 hits with a batting average of .300 last season.
  • Carlos Correa hit five home runs on the season while slugging .383.

Game Prediction

Moneyline Pick: Astros (-103)

Over/Under Pick: Over (8.5)

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

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