When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >

Best NRFI Bets Today, June 2

Written by: Jay Sanin
Published June 2, 2023
13 min read
Best NRFI Bets Today

Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros - Shohei Ohtani (R) vs Framber Valdez (L) 

Under 0.5 (-115 at DraftKings Sportsbook)

🔥 Claimed by 100 people this week!

DraftKings

4.8/5

Bet $5, Get $200 in Bonus Bets Instantly

21+ | T&Cs apply

The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros have set up a tantalizing pitching matchup on Friday night. Shohei Ohtani and Framber Valdez will duke it out at Minute Maid Park, in a game that will certainly be among the most exciting of the day. However, we like this game to start out with minimal excitement from a scoring standpoint, as this game should stay scoreless through the first inning of play.

Valdez may be pitching even better than Ohtani from a numbers standpoint as the month of June begins. He is 5-4 on the season, but his statistical output has been much better than his record would indicate. Valdez has a stingy 2.38 ERA, as he has worked his way back into the Cy Young conversation after a relatively slow start to the 2023 season.

Of course, Ohtani is no slouch himself, entering this contest with a 5-1 record and a 2.91 ERA on the year. Ohtani has struck out 90 batters in 65 innings of work so far this season, and his ability to miss opposing bats is ideal for a first inning total bet like this one. Expect these two aces to match zeroes on the board to start what should be an entertaining clash between AL West rivals down in Houston.

Chicago Cubs vs San Diego Padres - Jameson Taillon (R) vs Michael Wacha (R) 

Over 0.5 (-110 at BetMGM)

🔥 Claimed by 133 people this week!

BetMGM

4.4/5

Get Up to $1,500 in Bonus Bets!

21+ | T&Cs apply. *Bonus Bets Expire in 7 Days. One New Customer Offer Only. Add’l terms.

The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres have both been disappointing teams this season, as they are both in the bottom halves of their respective divisions. Hitting has been a huge cause for their struggles this year, as both teams rank in the bottom-half of the league in runs scored. However, we like at least one of these teams to get on the board early in the season, as one of the starting pitchers in this game is certainly vulnerable to giving up runs in bunches.

This is especially true of Jameson Taillon, who will get the start for the Cubs in this contest. Taillon is 0-3 on the season, with an ERA of 8.04 in 31.1 innings of work, with his tendency to give up hits early and often being a real problem for him this year. Taillon has given up 42 hits in his 31.1 innings of work on the mound, which will put him in some serious danger against the top of the order for the Padres.

While Michael Wacha of the Padres is far less likely to give up a run in the top of the first inning to the Cubs, that cannot be ruled out either. Wacha gave up a first inning run in his last outing to the New York Yankees. Despite Wacha being 5-1 on the season, he is not invincible, and the Cubs offense could always grab a run off of him before the Padres have a chance to do any damage to Taillon.

New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers - Luis Severino (R) vs Clayton Kershaw (L) 

Under 0.5 (-120 at FanDuel Sportsbook)

In the dream interleague matchup between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, runs could be hard to come by early on. Both teams are sending excellent starting pitchers to the mound in what could be a pitcher’s duel at Dodger Stadium. As a result, we are hopping on the NRFI side of what could compete with Angels vs Astros as the game of the night on the diamond.

For the Yankees, Luis Severino is set to take the hill for New York, as he enters this game with an ERA of 1.59 in his couple of appearances on the season. There was some concern that Severino could be rusty in his return to baseball after a long injury layoff. But he has come out firing for New York, which he will need to do once again in this game if the Yankees are going to beat the Dodgers on the road.

On the other side of this game is Clayton Kershaw, who has had a great start of his own on the mound. Kershaw is 6-4 with a 3.32 ERA, striking out 75 batters in 62.1 innings of work entering Friday’s action. Kershaw has moved back into the top-five in terms of his NL Cy Young award odds thanks to his pitching this season, and he should hold the Yankees scoreless to help the NRFI cash in this late night matchup.

More of Our MLB Picks for Today

Take a look at our favorite MLB sportsbooks before placing your bets!

Image for Jay Sanin

AUTHOR

Jay Sanin

186 Articles

Jay Sanin is a sports bettor and writer from New York. He has been handicapping since the moment he was old enough to gamble legally, with his specialties being niche sports like the WNBA and XFL. He’s been told he has a voice for radio. He also has a face for radio.

More info on Jay Sanin
We've been featured on:
espn logo
reuters logo
cbs-news logo
forbes logo
entrepreneur logo
entrepreneur logo
We only list licensed sportsbooks
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork

© Rebel Penguin ApS 2024 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)

We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.

WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.