Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros - 4/8/21 MLB Picks and Prediction

Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros - 4/8/21 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (5-1) vs Oakland Athletics (1-6)

Game Info: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Cristian Javier (0-0) (4.91) vs Cole Irvin (0-1) (8.31)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -160 / Oakland Athletics +148 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros meet Thursday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Oakland Athletics need a win here to rebound from a 1-6 record. The Athletics have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their seven games. The Athletics have lost seven straight games when scoring three or less runs. Mark Canha leads the Athletics with six hits and one RBI while Ramon Laureano and Jed Lowrie have combined for 10 hits and three RBI. Cole Irvin gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 8.31 ERA and two strikeouts this season. This will be Irvin’s second career game against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look for a win to build on their 5-1 record. The Astros have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in all six games. The Astros have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring four or more runs. Alex Bregman leads the Astros with nine hits and six RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Jose Altuve have combined for 17 hits and five RBI. Cristian Javier gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and four strikeouts this season. Javier is 0-2 with a 6.94 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

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The Athletics are 11-3 in their last 14 Thursday games and 0-4 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series. The Astros are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games and 60-21 in their last 81 during game 1 of a series. The over is 7-1 in Athletics last 8 overall. The over is 5-1 in Astros last 6 overall. The Athletics are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings.

This is a weird game to predict given that neither starting pitcher has a lot of experience so there's not a large sample size to go off of. However, the Astros already dominated the A's this season and have won five straight games against them overall. The Athletics made a lot of comments about the Astros scandal and there seems to be some bad blood between these clubs. The Astros will be motivated to continue beating the A's. I'll back the Astros at home.

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Randy’s Pick Houston Astros -160

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