One of the hottest bets in the MLB betting world right now is NRFI, which stands for "No Runs First Inning."
It's simple, it's straight-forward, and you don't need to watch a three hour game to see if your bet cashes. If no runs are scored in the first inning, you cash.
With today's full slate of game, let's dive into my three favorite NRFI bets for April 20. All odds listed are via WynnBET Sportsbook.
Top NRFI Bets for April 20
Dodgers vs. Braves NRFI -110
Believe it or not, these two powerhouse teams have not been able to score many runs in the first inning so far this season. The Dodgers are tied for 14th in the Majors in first inning runs at 0.55, and the Braves are 23rd, averaging 0.31.
It also helps that we have a solid pitching matchup going today. Tony Gonsolin of the Dodgers has only allowed one run through seven innings so far this season, and while Charlie Morton has stumbled out of the gates, some positive regression should be expected from him.
Angels vs. Astros NRFI -115
Speaking of positive regression, this bet is banking on some of that coming from the two starting pitchers in today's AL West matchup. Both Shohei Ohtani and Jake Odorizzi have struggled so far this year, but you have to think they'll get back on track sooner rather than later.
It should help Ohtani that the Astros rank 24th in first inning runs, averaging just 0.27 per game.
Yankees vs. Tigers NRFI -135
These two offenses have been struggling this season, especially in the first inning. The Yankees are averaging 0.36 runs in the first, which ranks 22nd, and the Tigers are averaging just 0.20, which ranks 25th. Hopefully, we won't suffer the same beat that NRFI bettors suffered in yesterday's game between these two teams.
I have no doubt Luis Severino can get through the first inning unscathed, so it's likely going to come down to whether or not Eduardo Rodriguez can do the same. Let's hope he does.