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How to watch, what to watch for on April 4 the 2021 MLB regular season

We take a look at the games on slate for April 4 in the 2021 MLB season.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Ian Anderson throws a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during spring training at CoolToday Park.  Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Easter Sunday will be jam-packed with MLB action. The weekend will be wrapped up by a 12-game slate with start times ranging from 1:05 p.m. ET to 8:37 p.m. ET. The undefeated Philadelphia Phillies will kick things off with a National League East matchup, and the final matchup of the day will be between the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels. Let’s take a look at some of the best games, fantasy storylines, and rookies to watch.

Best Games To Watch

The Braves are favored to win their division at +120 at DraftKings Sportsbook but don’t have a win yet this season. The Phillies have the fourth-best odds (+875), but are off to a hot start and swept Atlanta 4-0 on Saturday. The Braves have some of the best championship odds (+1000) in MLB, so they need to respond to avoid dropping to 0-3 on the year.

The New York Yankees dropped their season opener against the Toronto Blue Jays but rebounded to even the series at 1-1 on Saturday. Both matchups have been close so far, and the rubber game could be the most exciting one yet.

The Houston Astros and Oakland Atheltics have finished first and second in the American League West for three straight years and will face off for the first time this season on Saturday. Houston is 3-0 and is looking to take it to an A’s team that;s dropped three straight, The rivalry between these two teams in recent years could make for an interesting matchup.

Fantasy Spotlight

The Astros are killing in terms of fantasy production, so it’s no wonder they’re doing so well. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers have more hits, but Houston leads MLB with 17 runs. Michael Brantley, Alex Bregman, and Yordan Alvarez all rank inside the top 10 in fantasy points on DraftKings, and they’ll face an Oakland pitching staff that’s given up more earned runs than any team in the league. If you want to see some big-time numbers, keep a close eye on the Astros’ lineup.

Rookies to Watch

National League ROY favorite Ke’Bryan Hayes has showcased some potential and hit a home run in his season opener, but American League ROY candidate Ian Anderson is still waiting in the wings. The righ-handed Braves pitcher is set to make his first start of the year against the Phillies to wrap up the weekend and could help Atlanta gain some momentum bysecuring its first win of the season. If he shows that he’s improved his control issues, he could be force to be reckoned with in the mound.

Note: Splits are updated as of 11:16 a.m. ET.

MLB Betting Splits, April 4

Teams Run Line % Handle % Bets Total Runs % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Run Line % Handle % Bets Total Runs % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
ATL Braves -1.5 63% 60% Over 8.5 61% 68% -125 68% 64%
PHI Phillies +1.5 37% 40% Under 8.5 39% 32% +104 32% 36%
TOR Blue Jays +1.5 4% 12% Over 9.5 70% 61% +150 18% 19%
NY Yankees -1.5 96% 88% Under 9.5 30% 39% -180 82% 81%
BAL Orioles +1.5 20% 36% Over 10.0 54% 32% +145 35% 33%
BOS Red Sox -1.5 80% 64% Under 10.0 46% 68% -182 65% 67%
CLE Indians -1.5 52% 55% Over 8.5 38% 54% -130 76% 61%
DET Tigers +1.5 48% 45% Under 8.5 62% 46% +112 24% 39%
STL Cardinals -1.5 87% 70% Over 9.5 87% 76% -117 90% 82%
CIN Reds +1.5 13% 30% Under 9.5 13% 24% +102 10% 18%
MIN Twins -1.5 45% 58% Over 8.0 75% 69% -109 69% 64%
MIL Brewers +1.5 55% 42% Under 8.0 25% 31% -106 31% 36%
TEX Rangers +1.5 16% 24% Over 9.5 96% 71% +155 79% 30%
KC Royals -1.5 84% 76% Under 9.5 4% 29% -190 21% 70%
PIT Pirates +1.5 3% 16% Over 8.0 63% 59% +160 49% 20%
CHI Cubs -1.5 97% 84% Under 8.0 37% 41% -190 51% 80%
LA Dodgers -1.5 70% 79% Over 12.0 66% 53% -210 77% 85%
COL Rockies +1.5 30% 21% Under 12.0 34% 47% +175 23% 15%
HOU Astros +1.5 82% 64% Over 8.5 23% 67% -107 31% 54%
OAK Athletics -1.5 18% 36% Under 8.5 77% 33% -112 69% 46%
ARI Diamondbacks +1.5 17% 10% Over 9.0 46% 60% +190 41% 14%
SD Padres -1.5 83% 90% Under 9.0 54% 40% -225 59% 86%
CHI White Sox +1.5 37% 58% Over 9.5 82% 65% +105 69% 69%
LA Angels -1.5 63% 42% Under 9.5 18% 35% -124 31% 31%

MLB regular season schedule for Sunday, April 4th

If no streaming option is listed, game is available on MLB.tv pending blackout restrictions.

Braves vs. Phillies, 1:05 p.m. ET
Blue Jays vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET
Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. ET
Indians vs. Tigers, 1:10 p.m. ET
Cardinals vs. Reds, 1:10 p.m. ET
Twins vs. Brewers, 2:10 p.m. ET
Rangers vs. Royals, 2:10 p.m. ET
Pirates vs. Cubs, 2:20 p.m. ET
Dodgers vs. Rockies, 3:10 p.m. ET
Astros vs. A’s, 4:07 p.m. ET
Diamondbacks vs. Padres, 4:10 p.m. ET
White Sox vs. Angels, 8:37 p.m. ET

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