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Best YRFI Bets Today: Roll Into the Weekend With These Two YRFIs

Written by: Kody Malstrom
Published April 26, 2024
11 min read
Best YRFI Bets Today 04 26 2024

After weaving through Thursday’s small slate, we now get an abundance of games on Friday for us to comb through with two more YRFIs ripe for the picking. A couple of teams go deep into their starting pitching rotation against elite batting lineups, being prone to getting rocked early should they continue to regress this season. For more information about the YRFI market and what factors into them being worth a wager, you can read it here.

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Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers - Graham Ashcraft vs. Nathan Eovaldi (7:20 PM, EST)

Over 0.5 Run (-130) at FanDuel

Our first YRFI of the day has regression written all over it for a multitude of reasons as the Cincinnati Reds' batting production is bound to positively swing back towards the mean while the Rangers' Nathan Eovaldi flirts with danger due to his lack of command. Fireworks could come early as the odds for an early run being scored has trickled up since being released.

While Nathan Eovaldi may have an impressive stat line on paper, he is hardly without flaws as his lack of command spells potential doom against an elite top of the Reds order. Eovaldi comes into the matchup with an ERA of 3.30, a WHIP of 1.200, 28 strikeouts, 12 batters walked, 24 hits allowed, and 11 earned runs against in five games played.

His high walk rate is especially inviting to fade against as he faces a Reds batting lineup that has excelled at getting on base, even when their contact ability has underwhelmed. While the Reds rank fifth to last in total hits, they climb up to as high as eighth best at generating walks. Scarier yet, positive regression looms large as they carry over the high-powered offensive identity that they had last year.

Should the Reds bats be able to turn their contact into hits, then they will also be presented with high-quality scoring opportunities as one of the faster baserunning units in the league. Elly de la Cruz alone is a human highlight reel, presenting blistering fast speed that can turn any single into a double at a moment's notice. 

The Reds will need every bit of that offense to make up for their lack of defense and underwhelming pitching production of Graham Ashcraft. Ashcraft rolls into this matchup with an ERA of 5.24, a WHIP of 1.343, 23 strikeouts, 23 hits allowed, and 13 earned runs against. A staggeringly high amount of hits allowed in just four games played, now having to try and find success with his aggressiveness against the Rangers seventh in total team hits generated.

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Cleveland Guardians vs. Atlanta Braves - Logan Allen vs. Chris Sale (8:05 PM, EST)

Over 0.5 Run (-118) at FanDuel

Shortly after the conclusion of our first YRFI of the night, we target the Cleveland Guardians and Atlanta Braves hot bats as they face off against a pair of struggling pitchers. Both batting lineups have gotten off to a hot start this season, ranking well above average in total hits and on-base percentage.

Wildly expected from the Braves due to their elite depth from top to bottom of their batting order, now getting the chance to shell the Guardians' Logan Allen. It’s been a rough start to Allen’s season heading into this matchup, possessing an ERA of 5.06, a WHIP of 1.388, 28 hits allowed, and 15 earned runs against. The high opposing contact rate is especially alarming, being prone to getting beat deep early and often.

As for the Braves, they roll out Chris Sale who makes his fifth appearance of the season. Sale is one of the Braves pitchers expected to take on a bigger role after the injury to preseason Cy Young favorite Spencer Strider, yet has failed to live up to the elevated expectations as he has an ERA of 4.38 and a WHIP of 1.054. The low WHIP indicates positive regression, but the Guardians have been just as equally impressive in the hitting department.

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Kody Malstrom is a sports betting journalist with six years of writing experience in the industry. He covers an abundance of sports, including College Football, NFL, College Basketball, NBA, and more. Born and raised in Michigan, Kody is a devoted Detroit Sports fan and spends his Sundays rooting for the Detroit Lions while telling himself this year is the year they win it all. When not staring at betting markets, Kody spends his free time at the beach in the summer or snowboarding in the winter.

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