Best NRFI Bets Today, September 23
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Cleveland Guardians vs Texas Rangers – Cody Morris (R) vs Jon Gray (R)
Under 0.5 Runs – CLE vs TEX (-125) at Draftkings
Our first NRFI bet of the day takes us to Arlington, Texas for a battle between the Cleveland Guardians and the Texas Rangers. The Guardians are in the Playoff race, but the Rangers have been out of it for a while.
Cody Morris is taking the hill for Cleveland, and Jon Gray is taking the bump for Texas.
Cody Morris made his MLB debut on September 2 and has started four games this season. The 26-year-old struggled in his first start but rebounded in the previous three. In his most recent start, he threw six innings and only gave up one earned run. Morris will face a weak Rangers lineup and have no problems getting out of the first inning.
Jon Gray has had a lot of success at home this season. The Oklahoma native has a 4-1 home record and a 3.66 home ERA. Gray has faced Cleveland once this season and gave up five earned runs in six innings. I expect him to rebound in this game and make his way out of the first inning without allowing a run. Bet on the NRFI.
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Detroit Tigers vs Chicago White Sox – Eduardo Rodriguez (L) vs Lucas Giolito (R)
Over 0.5 Runs – DET vs CHW (+105) at DraftKings
We go to the AL Central for a matchup between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox for our second NRFI bet of the day. The Tigers are having a horrendous season, and the White Sox are nearly mathematically eliminated from the Playoffs, so I would not go out of my way to watch this game.
Eduardo Rodriguez is taking the hill for Detroit, and Lucas Giolito is taking the bump for Chicago.
Eduardo Rodriquez comes into this game with a 3-5 record, 4.35 ERA, and 1.33 WHIP. He has had some strong outings this year, but he has also had some really tough ones. Since he has not been consistent this season, I would not be surprised if he gives up a first inning run.
Lucas Giolito was an All-Star a few seasons ago but is having some trouble this year. He comes into this game with a 10-9 record, 5.07 ERA, and 1.49 WHIP. His WHIP and ERA are high, so I would expect him to give up a first inning run. Bet on the YRFI.
San Diego Padres vs Colorado Rockies – Sean Manaea (L) vs Ryan Feltner (R)
Over 0.5 Runs – SD vs COL (-162) at FanDuel
I will keep this one short. Bet on the YRFI.
Sean Manaea and Ryan Feltner are going up against each other. Both pitchers are underdelivering this season, so expect them to give up a lot of runs.
Sean Manea has a 6.10 away ERA and a 2-6 record. He was an effective pitcher in past seasons, but this year, he is bringing his worst stuff. He will throw a first inning run.
Ryan Feltner is even worse than Sean Manaea. Feltner has a 2-4 home record and 6.27 ERA. This is partially because he pitches in Coors Field, a hitter’s park. However, he also could be much more effective on the mound. He will likely give up a first inning run. Bet on the YRFI.
Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees – Rich Hill (L) vs Gerrit Cole (R)
Under 0.5 Runs – BOS vs NYY (-122) at FanDuel
For our final NRFI bet of the day, we have one of the best rivalries in baseball. The Boston Red Sox will battle it out with the New York Yankees. Normally, these teams are both competitive, but this year, the Yankees are the only competitive team in this rivalry.
Veteran Rich Hill will take the mound for Boston, and Gerrit Cole will take the hill for New York.
Rich Hill is the oldest pitcher in baseball. Hill is 42 years old and has been in the league since 2005, but he is still a competent starter. He has struggled on the road but played well at home; he has a 5-3 home record but a 3.67 ERA. Hill’s largest issue is that he does not go deep into games. He averages a little over 4.5 innings a game and makes his bullpen do a lot of work. The southpaw tends to be strong in the first inning and performs well at home, so he should get out of the first unscathed.
Gerrit Cole is one of the highest-paid pitchers in the world. The Orange County, California native, signed a nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees in the 2020 offseason. So far, he has not disappointed and met expectations in New York. Cole was an All-Star this year and last year and has been a consistent force since putting on the pinstripes. This year, Cole has a 12-7 record, 3.41 ERA, 236 strikeouts, and 1.03 WHIP. His 236 K’s lead the league. I would not bet against Cole and am confident that he will get through the first inning easily. Bet on the NRFI.
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What is an NRFI Bet?
NRFI stands for no runs first inning. If you bet on a game to be NRFI, you are betting on neither team scoring in the first inning. If either team scores, you lose your bet. It does not matter who scores. If a team scores in the first inning, it is called YRFI (yes runs first inning). There are a lot of factors that go into making these bets, but the concept is fairly simple.
NRFI bets do not work like moneyline bets. Sometimes the NRFI is negative, and the YRFI is positive, but often, the NRFI and YRFI are both negative.
Where Can I Make NRFI Bets?
You can make NRFI or YRFI bets on any main sportsbook, but I recommend using DraftKings. All you have to do is go on the DraftKings Sportsbook, go to the baseball category, go to the innings tab, and go to 1st Inning Total Runs. You can bet from there. If you’re looking for more betting options, check out our best MLB bets for today!
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