Athletics vs Astros: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – April 2, 2021

Posted By Staff on April 2, 2021

The Oakland Athletics host the Houston Astros on Friday at 9:40 PM ET. The Athletics are moneyline favorites () against the underdog Astros (). Oakland has Jesus Luzardo starting things off, and Houston counters Cristian Javier.

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 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:

Luzardo (OAK) Pitcher Javier (HOU)
3 – 2 W/L 5 – 2
59.0 IP 54.1
4.12 ERA 3.48
1.250 WHIP 0.990
9.0 K/9 8.9
2.4 BB/9 3.0

Athletics Probable Starter Jesús Luzardo

  • Luzardo will start for the Athletics, his first this season.
  • The 23-year-old southpaw started and threw 4 1/3 innings in his last appearance on Wednesday, Oct. 7 against the Astros.
  • Luzardo and his team went 5-4 in the nine games he pitched when they were the moneyline favorite a season ago.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 2, 2021 at 6:04 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Astros Stats vs Luzardo

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Martín Maldonado 8 .125 1 1 1 .125 .625
Michael Brantley 8 .250 2 0 0 .333 .708
Kyle Tucker 7 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Yuli Gurriel 6 .500 3 2 3 .571 2.238
Carlos Correa 6 .167 1 0 1 .286 .453
José Altuve 6 .500 3 1 1 .500 1.500
Alex Bregman 5 .200 1 0 0 .333 .533
Myles Straw 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Yordan Alvarez 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Astros Probable Starter Cristian Javier

  • The Astros will send out Javier for his first start of the season.
  • The 24-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched since last season. He last appeared on Friday, Oct. 16 against the Rays, when he pitched one inning out of the bullpen.
  • Javier and his team won one of the games he started as the moneyline underdog last season, with a record of 1-4.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 2, 2021 at 6:04 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Athletics Stats vs Javier

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Matt Olson 6 .167 1 1 3 .167 .834
Mark Canha 6 .000 0 0 0 .143 .143
Ramón Laureano 5 .000 0 0 0 .167 .167
Sean Murphy 3 .667 2 1 1 .667 2.334
Chad Pinder 2 .000 0 0 0 .333 .333
Matt Chapman 2 .500 1 1 1 .500 2.500
Elvis Andrus 2 .000 0 0 0 .333 .333

Athletics Betting Trends

  • Last season the Athletics had the No. 16 offense in baseball scoring 4.6 runs per game (274 total runs).
  • The Athletics were favored on the moneyline 45 total times last season. They went 30-15 in those games.
  • Oakland finished 20-7 last year (winning 74.1% of its games) when it played as a moneyline favorite of -148 or shorter.
  • Oakland played in 56 games with set over/under, and combined with opponents to go over the total 23 times (23-32-1).

Astros Betting Trends

  • Last season, the Astros won three out of the 16 games, or 18.8%, in which they were the underdog.
  • Houston was 1-3 last season when entering a game as the underdog by +128 or more on the moneyline.
  • Houston and its opponents went over the total last season in 28 of their 58 opportunities.

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 qualifying batters in MLB play.

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’s SLG and OBP did not rank in the top 20 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
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

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