Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/2/21

Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/2/21 Photo by Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (1-0) at Oakland Athletics (0-1)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 9:40 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

Cristian Javier (0-0) (0.00) vs. Jesus Luzardo (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -130 / Houston Astros +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics meet Friday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Houston Astros look for a quick 2-0 start to the season after dominating their opening day performance. The Astros had eight runs and nine hits in the victory and really opened things up late, which could give them confidence heading into this contest. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with three hits and one RBI while Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve have combine for three hits and two RBI. While it’s one game, the Astros don’t appear to have missed a beat from past seasons on the offensive side. Cristian Javier gets the ball, and he was 5-2 with a 3.48 ERA and 54 strikeouts last season. Javier is 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics need a bounce back performance after an embarrassing opening day. The A’s had just one run on six hits and the pitching staff has had better days. The good news is the Athletics offense is capable of playing better and it’s just the first day of what’s going to be a marathon season. Ramon Laureano leads the Athletics with two hits while Chad Pinder and Elvis Andrus have combined for three hits. Jesus Luzardo gets the ball, and he was 3-2 with a 4.12 ERA and 59 strikeouts last season. Luzardo is 1-0 with a 2.87 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

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The Astros are 11-23 in their last 34 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series. The Athletics are 50-22 in their last 72 home games and 67-32 in their last 99 games as a favorite. The under is 18-7-2 in Astros last 27 overall. The over is 5-1 in Athletics last 6 overall. The Astros are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Oakland.

Cristian Javier hasn't had a ton of experience against these A's, but he's been rocked in the few games he's pitched against them, and Oakland is due for a breakout performance after what happened last night. The Oakland Athletics have been money in the favorite role dating back to last season and they usually don't string together these sort of letdown games. At home, I expect the A's to bounce back. I'll lay the reasonable price.

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Randy’s Pick Oakland Athletics -130

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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