We've got a loaded MLB slate with favorable hitting conditions all over the country, so there's tons of value on the board for a classic No Run First Inning (NRFI) and Yes Run First Inning (YRFI) bet.
Using the odds from WynnBET, here are my favorite NRFI/YRFI bets of the day:
Best NRFI and YRFI Bets Today
Blue Jays vs Brewers YRFI (-135)
Toronto and Milwaukee score first-inning runs at two of the highest rates in MLB and are primed to keep the slugfest going. I expect some early fireworks with Jose Berrios and Chi Chi Gonzalez on the mound, as both starters are dreadful.
Gonzalez has allowed seven first-inning runs in just three starts while Berrios has a 6.08 ERA in the opening frame. The YRFI is 7-1 in Berrios' eight road outings this year and has hit in all three of Gonzalez's starts.
With wind blowing out to center field and capable lineups, roll with the YRFI in what should be a high-scoring contest.
Rockies vs Twins YRFI (-105)
Ben Heisler explained why he's on the over in this matchup and I agree completely. The wind conditions should make this a runs-bonanza and I don't have much faith in Ryan Feltner or Joe Ryan on the hill.
Feltner has given up four first-inning runs across six starts and surrendered a home run in each of his last four outings. Meanwhile, Joe Ryan has a 5.91 ERA this month and gave up three home runs himself, so neither starter is inspiring confidence.
The Twins score first-inning runs at the fourth-highest rate in MLB and with this much wind against a bad pitcher, we should see them plate at least one in the opening frame today.
Phillies vs Padres NRFI (-125)
The Phillies' lineup suffered a huge blow last night when Bryce Harper fractured his thumb. Their offense should struggle in the interim, starting today against Yu Darvish.
Darvish has been unbelievable at home, compiling a 1.34 ERA over six starts. He's allowed just two runs total in his last three outings and the Phillies score a first-inning run in just 16.22% of their road contests.
Kyle Gibson has been stout himself, hurling three straight quality starts and allowing a score in the first just once in 14 starts. San Diego scores in the first just over 27% of the time and have struggled at the plate recently. As a result, there's screaming value for both pitchers to stay hot with lovely -125 odds on the NRFI.
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