Astros vs Athletics: MLB Betting Lines, Stats and Predictions – April 8, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on April 8, 2021

The Houston Astros will play their first home game of the season at Minute Maid Park as favorites (-167) against the Oakland Athletics (+145) on Thursday at 8:10 PM ET. Houston’s Cristian Javier gets the start, and he’ll go against Oakland’s Cole Irvin.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of April 8, 2021, 3:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to place a bet at DraftKings.

Astros vs Athletics Betting Lines

Astros Betting Insights

  • The Astros entered a game as favorites 42 times last season and won 25, or 59.5%, of those games.
  • Last season, Houston won 18 of its 26 games, or 69.2%, when favored by at least -167 on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 60.5% chance of a victory for the Astros.
  • Houston and its opponents hit the over in 28 of their 58 games with a total last season.

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Athletics Betting Insights

  • The Athletics were underdogs in 11 games last season and came away with the win four times (36.4%) in those contests.
  • Last season, Oakland was victorious one time in three chances when named as an underdog of +145 or longer on the moneyline.
  • The Athletics have an implied victory probability of 39.5% according to the moneyline set for this matchup.
  • Oakland’s games went over the total in 23 of its 56 opportunities.

Athletics Probable Pitcher – Cole Irvin

  • The Athletics will look to Irvin (0-1) to open the game and make his second start this season.
  • Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of April 8, 2021 at 6:06 AM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Astros Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 5-1
Home 0-0
Road 5-1
vs LHP (Starters) 3-1
vs RHP (Starters) 2-0
Day Games 0-0
Night Games 5-1

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Astros Probable Pitcher – Cristian Javier

  • Javier will get the start for the Astros, his second of the season.
  • Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of April 8, 2021 at 6:06 AM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Athletics Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 1-6
Home 1-6
Road 0-0
vs LHP (Starters) 0-1
vs RHP (Starters) 1-5
Day Games 0-0
Night Games 1-6

Astros Hitting Stats

  • The Astros averaged 1.2 home runs per game to rank 19th in MLB play with 69 total home runs last season.
  • The Astros averaged 1.3 homers per home game last season (45 total at home).
  • Michael Brantley finished last season with a .300 batting average while adding five home runs and 22 RBI.
  • Carlos Correa finished with a .383 SLG and five homers while driving in 25 runs.

Athletics Hitting Stats

  • The Athletics hit 71 homers last season, which ranked 18th in the league.
  • In 32 games on the road last season, they hit 45 homers, an average of 1.4 per contest.
  • Mark Canha hit .246 last season with 12 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 36 walks.
  • Mitch Moreland hit .265 a season ago with 36 hits.

Game Prediction

Moneyline Pick:
Astros (-167)

Over/Under Pick: Over (9.5)

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

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