Houston Astros (2-0) at Oakland Athletics (0-2)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 4:07 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
Lance McCullers Jr. (0-0) (0.00) vs. Cole Irvin (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +122 / Houston Astros -132 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Houston Astros are off to a quick 2-0 start thanks to an offense that’s put together 17 runs in their first two games. The Astros have won seven of their last nine regular season games when scoring four or more runs. The Astros look for their first 3-0 start since the 2017 season, the year they won the World Series. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with six hits and two RBI while Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman have combined for eight hits and five RBI. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball, and he was 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA and 56 strikeouts last season. McCullers is 5-2 with a 4.04 ERA and 49 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics are still winless on the season and it’s due to a pitching staff that’s getting rocked. The Athletics have allowed 17 runs in their first two games and have allowed five or more runs in six straight games when you include last years postseason. The Athletics simply can’t afford to start the season off so sluggish if they hope to fulfill what’s increased expectations. Ramon Laureano leads the Athletics with three hits and one RBI while Chad Pinder and Mark Canha have combined for five hits and two RBI. Cole Irvin gets the ball, and he was 0-1 with a 17.18 ERA and four strikeouts last season. This will be Irvin’s first career game against the Astros.
The Astros are 38-15 in their last 53 Saturday games and 11-23 in their last 34 road games. The Athletics are 35-16 in their last 51 during game 3 of a series and 50-23 in their last 73 home games. The under is 6-2 in Astros last 8 overall. The over is 6-1 in Athletics last 7 overall. The Astros are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Oakland and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
While it's just two games, the Houston Astros appear to be firing on all cylinders and we know what this team is capable of when they get in these offensive grooves. It can last for a while. The Oakland Athletics are a better team than what they've shown these first two games, but eventually we need to see some signs of life. It doesn't help that Irvin takes the mound, a young pitcher who has allowed 34 earned runs in 45.1 career innings. Not what you want to see against this hot Astros offense. I'll lay the juice.