Best NRFI and YRFI Bets Today (Astros vs Rangers Among Three Matchups to Target)

Martin Perez hasn't allowed a first inning run in three starts against the Astros this year
Martin Perez hasn't allowed a first inning run in three starts against the Astros this year / Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

After a no-sweat clean sweep in yesterday's No Run First Inning (NRFI) and Yes Run First Inning (YRFI) bets, I'm riding high, folks!

We've got some extra change in our pockets and there's no better way to use it than to go right back for more. It's Wednesday, so there's games sprinkled throughout the afternoon into the evening, which means we can keep the good vibes rolling all day.

The road to two straight sweeps starts now. Don't put those brooms away quite yet, we may need them tonight.

Using odds from WynnBET Sportsbook, here are my favorite NRFI/YRFI bets of the day:

Best NRFI and YRFI Bets Today

Astros vs Rangers NRFI (-140)

Martín Pérez's resurgent season kept rolling with six shutout innings last week against the Colorado Rockies. He's been a fantastic addition to the Texas Rangers' rotation and especially strong in the first inning, with a 1.80 ERA. In three starts against the Houston Astros this year, Pérez held the World Series favorites scoreless in the first each time.

Cristian Javier is enjoying a dominant season himself, among the league's best pitchers over the last couple of months. He's got a 2.84 ERA in the opening frame and the Rangers score in the first just over 26% of the time.

With two stud pitchers, I'm comfortable backing the NRFI.

Dodgers vs Mets NRFI (-175)

I realize this is a lot of juice, but Jacob deGrom certainly warrants this level of respect. He hasn't surrendered a first inning run across five starts and looks like his old, exceptional self. With 46 strikeouts in only 29.1 innings, it's safe to say the king is back.

Tyler Anderson has been excellent for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well. He's got a 2.45 ERA in the first inning and threw six scoreless innings against these New York Mets earlier this season. The Mets are just 23rd in OPS against left-handed pitchers this month, so I expect similar struggles to open the contest.

It's deGrom day, which means we're backing the NRFI.

Mariners vs Tigers YRFI (-110)

Neither Marco Gonzales nor Tyler Alexander can be trusted. Gonzales has an expected FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) above 5.70 in each of his last three road starts, while his MLB Statcast Pitching Profile should excite Detroit Tigers' hitters:

Seattle Mariners' batters are likely thrilled too though, because Alexander's Statcast Pitching Profile is even worse:

Alexander gave up seven runs in only three innings against the Texas Rangers in his last start, and he's given up five home runs across his previous three outings.

Between these terrible starters, I'm confident at least one run comes across the plate in the first inning.

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