For the 2021 MLB preseason, The Game Day has compiled 2021 Astros Prop Bets, including Houston Futures Odds & Picks. I’ll list a few 2021 Astros Picks, Player Props and Team Prop wagers that MLB bettors can target.
Houston Astros Futures Bets: 2021 Team & Player Props
Player Props & Futures
(Odds provided by PointsBet)
2021 AL MVP
- Alex Bregman (+1000)
- Jose Altuve (+4000)
- Carlos Correa (+4000)
- Kyle Tucker (+4000)
It’s a testament to how much faith there still is in the talent on the Astros roster — despite the team seemingly not coming together until the postseason last year — that they have four players on the AL MVP leaderboard. Houston had no shortage of adversity to deal with leading up to and during the unique 2020 campaign, and as a result, most of what had been their most reliable year-to-year pieces had uncharacteristic struggles at the plate.
Bregman is certainly Exhibit A in that regard. That said, his pedigree is such that even after mustering a pedestrian .242 average and modest six home runs across 180 plate appearances a season ago, he’s got the second-shortest odds to garner the AL MVP behind the venerable Mike Trout. The fact Bregman, arguably just entering his prime at age 26, posted a .291/.409/.561 slash and averaged 36 home runs and 107.5 RBI across the 2018 and 2019 seasons certainly supports his high probability of garnering an honor he already received 13 first-place votes after the latter campaign.
A look at Bregman’s underlying 2020 metrics also helps assuage concerns about the decline in his power numbers. While the talented third baseman did see some drops in barrels and hard-hit rate, he also put the ball in the air nearly five percent less frequently and actually averaged 13 more feet of distance – 395, compared to 2019’s 382 – on his home runs.
Bregman’s strikeout rate also inched up slightly from 12.0 percent to a still-elite 14.4 percent, but he remains one of the best contact long-ball hitters in all of baseball and has excellent plate discipline for a player of his prodigious power.
Altuve particularly had the spotlight shining on him in 2020 after his allegedly egregious role in the sign-stealing scandal, and the fact he saw his slash line drop to an abysmal .219/.286/.344 (210 plate appearances), his strikeout rate rise to a career-high 18.6 percent and his hard-hit rate drop from 40.9 percent to 30.7 percent over the prior season certainly didn’t help proclaim his innocence.
Nevertheless, Altuve showed plenty of flashes of the player that had generated a .327/.380/.497 slash over the previous six seasons once Houston got into the playoffs, with the veteran second baseman posting a .375/.500/.729 line with seven extra-base hits (two doubles, five home runs), 11 walks, 11 RBI and 11 runs across 13 postseason games.
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