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Astros vs Athletics: MLB Betting Odds & Trends – 4/8/2021

The Houston Astros are favored () in their first home game of the season against the Oakland Athletics () at Minute Maid Park on Thursday. First pitch is at 8:10 PM ET. Houston has Cristian Javier starting things off, while Oakland will counter with 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 bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Astros vs Athletics Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Javier (HOU) Pitcher Irvin (OAK)
0 – 0 W/L 0 – 1
3.2 IP 4.1
4.91 ERA 8.31
0.820 WHIP 1.850
9.8 K/9 4.2
0.0 BB/9 2.1

Astros Probable Starter Cristian Javier

  • The Astros have always been the moneyline underdog when Javier starts this season.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 8, 2021 at 6:03 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Athletics Stats vs Javier

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Mark Canha 8 .125 1 0 0 .222 .347
Ramón Laureano 7 .143 1 0 1 .250 .679
Matt Olson 7 .143 1 1 3 .250 .821
Matt Chapman 4 .250 1 1 1 .250 1.250
Sean Murphy 3 .667 2 1 1 .667 2.334
Stephen Piscotty 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Elvis Andrus 3 .000 0 0 0 .250 .250
Jed Lowrie 2 .500 1 0 0 .500 1.000
Ka’ai Tom 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Tony Kemp 1 1.000 1 0 1 1.000 3.000

Athletics Probable Starter Cole Irvin

  • His team lost his only start as an underdog this season.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 8, 2021 at 6:03 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Astros Stats vs Irvin

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Kyle Tucker 3 .333 1 0 1 .333 .666
Aledmys Díaz 3 .667 2 0 0 .667 1.667
José Altuve 3 .333 1 0 1 .333 .666
Myles Straw 2 .500 1 0 0 .500 1.000
Yordan Alvarez 2 1.000 2 0 0 1.000 2.000
Carlos Correa 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Martín Maldonado 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Chas McCormick 1 .000 0 0 0 .500 .500
Yuli Gurriel 1 .000 0 0 0 .500 .500

Astros Betting Trends

  • Last season the Astros had the No. 14 offense in baseball scoring 4.7 runs per game (279 total runs).
  • The Astros won 59.5% of the games last season they were the moneyline favorite (25-17).
  • Houston finished 18-8 last year (winning 69.2% of its games) when it played as a moneyline favorite of -167 or shorter.
  • Houston had an over/under set by bookmakers 58 times last year, and combined with opponents to go over the total in 28 of those games (28-27-3).

Athletics Betting Trends

  • The Athletics were underdogs 11 times last season and won four, or 36.4%, of those games.
  • Oakland was 1-2 last season when entering a game as the underdog by +145 or more on the moneyline.
  • Oakland and its opponents went over the total last season in 23 of their 56 opportunities.

Astros Players to Watch

  • Carlos Correa hit five home runs last season while slugging .383.
  • Correa did not rank among the top hitters in baseball among the qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Michael Brantley hit .300 a season ago with 51 hits.
  • Brantley ranked 23rd in BA (.300), and 11th in SLG (.476) among the qualifying hitters in MLB action.

Astros Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Yuli Gurriel 211 .232 27 6 22 .274 .658
Kyle Tucker 209 .268 33 9 42 .319 .831
Carlos Correa 201 .264 22 5 25 .320 .703
Jose Altuve 192 .219 32 5 18 .286 .630
Michael Brantley 170 .300 24 5 22 .364 .840
Alex Bregman 153 .242 19 6 22 .346 .797
Martín Maldonado 135 .215 19 6 24 .350 .728
Myles Straw 82 .207 8 0 8 .244 .500
Jason Castro 80 .188 8 2 9 .293 .668
Aledmys Díaz 58 .241 8 3 6 .254 .737

Athletics Players to Watch

  • Mitch Moreland hit .265 last season with 10 home runs and 29 RBI.
  • Mark Canha hit .246 with an OBP of .384 and a slugging percentage of .408.
  • Canha ranked 17th in OBP among qualified hitters in the majors.

Athletics Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Matt Olson 210 .195 28 14 42 .305 .729
Mark Canha 191 .246 32 5 33 .384 .792
Ramón Laureano 183 .213 27 6 25 .338 .704
Stephen Piscotty 159 .226 17 5 29 .271 .629
Matt Chapman 142 .232 22 10 25 .276 .811
Mitch Moreland 136 .265 22 10 29 .333 .884
Sean Murphy 116 .233 21 7 14 .364 .821
Elvis Andrus 103 .194 11 3 7 .252 .582
Tony Kemp 93 .247 15 0 4 .363 .664
Seth Brown 5 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

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