Athletics vs Astros: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – April 1, 2021

Posted By Staff on March 31, 2021

The Oakland Athletics (0-0) square off against the Houston Astros (0-0) in a contest oddsmakers have called a pick ’em on Thursday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, beginning at 10:07 PM ET. Oakland has Chris Bassitt starting things off, and Houston will counter with Zack Greinke.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of March 30, 2021, 3:00 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Athletics vs Astros Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

The probable pitchers for both teams have not made a start this season. Here are their stats from last season:

Bassitt (OAK) Pitcher Greinke (HOU)
5 – 2 W/L 3 – 3
63.0 IP 67.0
2.29 ERA 4.03
1.16 WHIP 1.13
7.9 K/9 9
2.4 BB/9 1.2

Athletics Probable Starter Chris Bassitt

  • Bassitt will start for the Athletics, his first of the season.
  • The 32-year-old righty started and threw four innings in his last appearance on Monday, Oct. 5 against the Astros.
  • Bassitt and his team went 8-1 in games he appeared in when they were favored on the moneyline a season ago.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of March 30, 2021 at 8:10 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Astros Probable Starter Zack Greinke

  • The Astros will send out Greinke for his first start of the season.
  • The last time the 37-year-old pitched was on Thursday, Oct. 15 against the Rays. The righty threw six innings as the starter in that matchup.
  • Greinke and his team were defeated as underdogs in both of his two appearances last season with a moneyline.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of March 30, 2021 at 8:10 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Athletics Betting Trends

  • Last season the Athletics scored the 16th-most runs in baseball (274 total, 4.6 per game).
  • The Athletics were the moneyline favorite 45 total times last season. They finished 30-15 in those games.
  • Oakland finished 30-15 last year (winning 66.7% of its games) when it played as a moneyline favorite of -108 or shorter.
  • Oakland combined with opponents to go over the total 23 times last season for a 23-32-1 record against the over/under.

Astros Betting Trends

  • The Astros were underdogs 16 times last season and won three, or 18.8%, of those games.
  • Houston was 3-13 last season when entering a game as the underdog by -108 or more on the moneyline.
  • Games involving Houston went over the total set by oddsmakers in 28 of 58 chances last season.

Athletics Players to Watch

  • Mitch Moreland had a batting average of .265 with 36 total hits last season.
  • Mark Canha had 12 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 36 walks while hitting .246.
  • Canha ranked 17th in OBP among the qualified hitters in baseball.

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
Chad Pinder 56 .232 8 2 8 .295 .688

Astros Players to Watch

  • Carlos Correa finished with a .264 batting average last season and five home runs.
  • Correa did not rank in the top 10 in average and home runs among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Michael Brantley posted a .300 average with 22 RBI.
  • Brantley ranked 23rd in BA (.300), and 11th in SLG (.476) among qualified hitters in the majors.

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
Abraham Toro 87 .149 13 3 9 .237 .513
Myles Straw 82 .207 8 0 8 .244 .500
Jason Castro 80 .188 8 2 9 .293 .668

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