Athletics vs Astros: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – April 4, 2021

Posted By Staff on April 4, 2021

The Oakland Athletics (0-3) host the Houston Astros (3-0) on Sunday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, starting at 4:07 PM ET. The Athletics are favored on the moneyline (-114), while the Astros are -103 underdogs, even though they are favored against the spread (1.5) with +170 odds. Oakland’s Sean Manaea and Houston’s Jose Urquidy pitch first for their squads in this matchup.

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 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:

Manaea (OAK) Pitcher Urquidy (HOU)
4 – 3 W/L 1 – 1
54.0 IP 29.2
4.50 ERA 2.73
1.200 WHIP 1.010
7.5 K/9 5.2
1.3 BB/9 2.4

Athletics Probable Starter Sean Manaea

  • Manaea starts for the first time this season for the Athletics.
  • In his last appearance on Tuesday, Oct. 6, the 29-year-old left-hander, started and went 4 1/3 innings against the Astros.
  • Manaea and his team had a 6-4 record in games he pitched when they were favored on the moneyline a season ago.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 4, 2021 at 6:05 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Astros Stats vs Manaea

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Yuli Gurriel 31 .258 8 1 3 .258 .645
José Altuve 30 .167 5 1 1 .219 .486
Carlos Correa 26 .192 5 0 2 .344 .536
Alex Bregman 25 .240 6 3 4 .387 .987
Martín Maldonado 12 .500 6 1 5 .538 1.621
Michael Brantley 11 .182 2 0 2 .182 .455
Kyle Tucker 5 .400 2 0 0 .500 1.100
Aledmys Díaz 4 .250 1 0 0 .250 .500

Astros Probable Starter José Urquidy

  • The Astros will send Urquidy to the mound for his first start this season.
  • The 25-year-old righty last pitched Sunday, Oct. 18 against the Rays, tossing two innings out of the bullpen.
  • The right-hander appeared in one game with his team as the moneyline underdog last season and lost.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 4, 2021 at 6:05 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Athletics Stats vs Urquidy

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Matt Olson 6 .333 2 2 3 .429 1.762
Mark Canha 6 .333 2 1 1 .333 1.166
Ramón Laureano 4 .000 0 0 0 .429 .429
Chad Pinder 4 .250 1 0 0 .250 .750
Sean Murphy 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Elvis Andrus 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Matt Chapman 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Stephen Piscotty 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Athletics Betting Trends

  • Last season the Athletics scored the 16th-most runs in baseball (274 total, 4.6 per game).
  • The Athletics won 30 of the 45 games they were listed as the moneyline favorite last season (66.7%).
  • Oakland had a 30-15 record last year (winning 66.7% of its games) when it played as a moneyline favorite of -114 or shorter.
  • Oakland had an over/under set by oddsmakers 56 times last year, and combined with opponents to go over the total in 23 of those games (23-32-1).

Astros Betting Trends

  • Last season, the Astros were the underdog 16 times and won three, or 18.8%, of those games.
  • Last season, Houston won three of its 14 games, or 21.4%, when they were the underdog by at least -103 on the moneyline.
  • Houston’s games went over the total in 28 of their 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.
  • Among qualifying hitters in MLB action, Canha’s .384 OBP ranked 17th.

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 slugged five homers last season while driving in 25 runs.
  • Correa’s home runs and RBI fell outside of the league leaders 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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