Houston Astros (2-0) at Oakland Athletics (0-2)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 4:07 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
Jose Urquidy (0-0) (0.00) vs. Sean Manaea (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -110 / Houston Astros -110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics meet Sunday in MLB action from O.co Coliseum.
This will be the fourth and final installment of the weekend series between these teams. Houston took the first pair 8-1 and 9-5. On Saturday, the Astros kept it going with a 9-1 win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Houston didn’t have a whole lot of trouble in the first two games of this set, outscoring Oakland by a combined 15-6. In the Saturday game, the Astros posted three runs in the fifth and four more in the ninth. Starter Lance McCullers went 5.0 innings with one earned and seven Ks.
For the Sunday starter role, Houston will turn to Jose Urquidy. Last year Urquidy was solid after starting out the year on the injured list, notching five starts with a 2.73 ERA. He ended the season on a nice run, notching four straight quality starts.
Over on the A’s side, we’ve seen hints of a potentially solid offense, but the team hasn’t been able to keep up on the scoreboard very well so far. In the Saturday game it was the same story, and the A’s could only come up with three hits. Matt Olson had two of them with a walk as well.
For the Sunday starting pitcher job, the A’s will hand off to Sean Manaea. Last season Manaea put up a 4-3 record through 11 starts, notching a 4.50 ERA with 45 Ks in 54.0 innings. Manaea looked pretty good in the spring and saw his fastball velocity creep up over last year’s numbers.
The Astros are 12-5 in their last 17 in game four of a series and 50-22 in their last 72 versus a left-handed starter. Houston is 50-22 in their last 72 road games versus a lefty starter and the over is 6-1 in their last seven in game four of a series.
Meanwhile, the A’s are 22-8 in their last 30 in game four of a series and 50-24 in their last 74 home games. The over is 5-1-1 in Oakland’s last seven Sunday games as well.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Houston here. The Astros should be in pretty good shape with Urquidy on the mound, as he’s coming off a strong season. Manaea had some peaks and valleys statistically in 2020, but the 3-4 MPH increase in his fastball this spring is promising. Ultimately I think Houston is in a better position for this one.