There are few better feelings than instant gratification. Why wait to celebrate when you could rejoice as soon as possible?
No one wants to wait hours to see the fruits of our labor. We want to taste success within minutes!
Well, that's what NRFI and YRFI bets are for. If you aren't familiar, NRFI (No Run First Inning) and YRFI (Yes Run First Inning) are a pair of bets rapidly gaining popularity in the space. All you have to do is determine whether a run will be scored in the first inning or not and boom, you're celebrating!
With a huge MLB slate on tap for today, there's plenty of opportunity to make some cash. So let's get into it. Thanks to the odds from WynnBET Sportsbook, here are the best NRFI and YRFI for this beautiful Wednesday:
Best NRFI & YRFI Bets
Tigers vs Rays NRFI (-145)
The Tigers have only scored a run in the first inning 8.11% of the time this season. I have no faith in them to get to Drew Rasmussen early, so our concern would be if the Rays can score on Eduardo Gonzales.
But Gonzales has been impressive, allowing only one run over his last 11.2 innings and ranking in the 72nd percentile in hard hit percentage. The Rays are typically strong against left-handed pitchers, but they're just 23rd in OPS against southpaws in May and I think Rodriguez gets the job done early on.
Mariners vs Blue Jays NRFI (-120)
Toronto has Kevin Guasman on the mound and he should easily shut down a pedestrian Mariners lineup, but Marco Gonzales should have success as well. The Blue Jays are 28th in OPS in May and Gonzales has amassed a 3.00 ERA in three starts this month.
Throughout the year, Toronto has been one of the best YSRI bets you can make. But with their slumping offense and Gausman on the mound, they profile as a NRFI bet for today's slate.
Orioles vs Yankees NRFI (-130)
The Orioles score first inning runs at the worst rate in MLB, notching a score only 5.56% of the time at home. They're facing Gerrit Cole today, so good luck with improving that number.
Despite their star-studded lineup, the Yankees have been poor at generating early runs as well. They've notched a first inning run just 25% of the time, and Jordan Lyles held the Yanks to one run over 5.1 innings in his lone start against them this season. I'll stick with the numbers and trust it takes a few innings for New York to blow it open.
White Sox vs Royals NRFI (-120)
This is as much a fade of two slumping lineups as it is support of Lucas Giolito and Zack Greinke. The Royals have scored a run in the first inning just 16.67% of the time, while Chicago has scored one in only 27.78% of their games.
As I discussed in my preview, I'm expecting another low-scoring contest between these squads. With two poor lineups facing excellent starting pitchers, there's a ton of value on the -120 odds.
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