Best NRFI and YRFI Bets Today (Count on a First Inning Cruz Missile in Pirates vs. Mets)

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (15)
Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (15) / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

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Best NRFI Bet Today

Athletics vs. Astros -118

Lance McCullers Jr. has been stellar since returning from injury and his curveball is as good as ever.

It ranks 97th percentile in spin rate and is generating a 40% whiff rate. Opponents are slugging .152 against that pitch and he will use it well against Oakland.

On the other side, James Kaprielian is not the caliber of pitcher McCullers is, but he can hold up to that standard in the first two innings. Kaprielian has a 2.45 ERA in the first inning, a 2.86 in the second and a 6.10 in the third. The second time a lineup sees him is trouble, but all we care about is the first three outs. 

Best YRFI Bet Today

Pirates vs. Mets +104

Surprisingly, the Pirates have one of the best offenses in the MLB over the past week. It helps that they got to face the Reds pitching staff for much of that week, but nonetheless they have the second best OPS in the league. Also for a team without a lot of power in the lineup they have 14 homers in their last seven games, the most in baseball. 

Oneil Cruz has been actualizing all of his talent in the past 12 games with four homers, 11 RBI, and a 1.007 OPS.

They have to face Carlos Carrasco which is a step up in weight class, but the Buccos could be up to it with Cruz in the leadoff spot. The Mets putting up runs on J.T. Brubaker would not surprise anyone. New York’s lineup has the sixth best OPS over those same seven days with an .828 compared to Pittsburgh's .858. 

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