Houston Astros MLB Betting Odds

Houston Astros MLB Betting Odds

Houston Astros MLB Betting

On the whole, the pandemic could not have come at a better time for the Houston Astros. When spring training opened in 2020, Houston players and management were being barraged over the sign stealing scandal that cost manager AJ Hinch, many of his coaches, and the general manager their jobs. Some headhunting pitchers on opposing clubs sent not such friendly messages to Astros hitters in exhibition games. But when play was suspended, the topic was virtually killed. Houston limped home with a losing record but did get into the pandemic expanded playoffs. They advanced to the American League Championship Series before losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3. Houston is not a favorite on the 2021 futures board but does have enough talent to lurk in the bushes for another postseason bid.

Houston Astros at a Glance

Manager: Dusty Baker

Home Stadium: Minute Maid Park

World Series Championships: 1 ( Last, 2017 )

League Pennants: 2 ( Last, 2019 )

Division Titles: 7 ( Last, 2019 )

Odds to Win World Series: +1956 (March 2021)

Odds to Win American League Pennant: +890 (March 2021)

2021 Season Preview

In 2020 the Houston Astros finished 29-31 with 29-28-3 over the total. The Astros were second place in the American League West behind the Oakland A’s. Houston had MLB metrics of 14th for runs scored, 19th for home runs, 13th for staff earned run average, sixth for quality starts, and 15th for the bullpen. Houston ranked best in MLB for the fewest errors committed.

Center fielder George Springer has departed, but the rest of the core roster remains intact. Houston remains a talented club with the fifth-highest payroll in MLB. The Astros infield of Yuli Gurriel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Alex Bregman remains one of the best in the game.

Manager Dusty Baker, age 71, was hired in a hurry last year after the sign stealing scandal blew up. Baker is a three-time National League manager of the year with 1892 career wins and a win percentage of .532. He holds the distinction of leading the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, and Houston Astros to the playoffs. Baker led the Giants to the 2002 National League pennant. A World Series championship is the only thing missing from his resume.

Of great concern at the start of the season is that number one starter Justin Verlander was on the 60-day injury list. Therefore it will be Zack Greinke taking the hill as the top starting pitcher for 2021.

2021 Houston Astros Schedule

April 1-4: at Oakland Athletics

April 5-6: at Los Angeles Angels

April 8-10: Oakland Athletics

April 12-14: Detroit Tigers

April 16-18: at Seattle Mariners

April 20-21:  at Colorado Rockies

April 22-25: Los Angeles Angels

April 26-29: Seattle Mariners

April 30-May 2: at Tampa Bay Rays

May 4-6: at New York Yankees

May 7-9: Toronto Blue Jays

May 10-12: Los Angeles Angels

May 13-16: Texas Rangers

May 18-20: at Oakland Athletics

May 21-23: at Texas Rangers

May 25-26: Los Angeles Dodgers

May 28-30: San Diego Padres

May 31-June 3: Boston Red Sox

June 4-6: at Toronto Blue Jays

June 8-10: at Boston Red Sox

June 11-13: at Minnesota Twins

June 15-16: Texas Rangers

June 17-20: Chicago White Sox

June 21-23: at Baltimore Orioles

June 24-27: at Detroit Tigers

June 28-30: Baltimore Orioles

July 1-4: at Cleveland Indians

July 6-8: Oakland Athletics

July 9-11: New York Yankees

July 16-18: at Chicago White Sox

July 19-21: Cleveland Indians

July 23-25: Texas Rangers

July 26-28: at Seattle Mariners

July 30-August 1: at San Francisco Giants

August 3-4: at Los Angeles Dodgers

August 5-8: Minnesota Twins

August 10-11: Colorado Rockies

August 13-15: at Los Angeles Angels

August 16-19: at Kansas City Royals

August 20-22: Seattle Mariners

August 23-25: Kansas City Royals

August 27-29: at Texas Rangers

August 30-September 1: at Seattle Mariners

September 3-5: at San Diego Padres

September 6-8: Seattle Mariners

September 10-12: Los Angeles Angels

September 13-16: at Texas Rangers

September 17-19: Arizona Diamondbacks

September 20-23: at Los Angeles Angels

September 24-26: at Oakland Athletics

September 28-30: Tampa Bay Rays

October 1-3: Oakland Athletics

Statistics By Year (Since 2010)

2020 29-31 20-10 9-21 -1238 29-28-3 2nd
2019 107-55 60-21 47-34 +678 71-84-7 1st
2018 103-59 46-35 57-24 -181 69-84-9 1st
2017 101-61 48-33 53-28 +1,172 81-72-9 1st
2016 84-78 43-38 41-40 -935 73-81-8 3rd
2015 86-76 53-28 33-48 -278 73-80-9 2nd
2014 70-92 38-43 32-49 +102 71-87-4 4th
2013 51-111 24-57 27-54 -2,582 80-76-6 5th
2012 55-107 35-46 20-61 -3,069 80-75-7 6th
2011 56-106 31-50 25-56 -2,265 87-71-4 6th
2010 76-86 42-39 34-47 +1,149 68-87-7 4th

Year-By-Year History (2010)

2020 29-31 2nd Lost ALCS
2019 107-55 1st Lost World Series
2018 103-59 1st Lost ALCS
2017 101-61 1st Won World Series
2016 84-78 3rd -
2015 86-76 2nd Lost ALDS
2014 70-92 4th -
2013 51-111 5th -
2012 55-107 6th -
2011 56-106 6th -
2010 76-86 4th -
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