Best MLB Bet Picks 06-05-2023: NRFI / YRFI – The Bet Club

Welcome to BNB Bet Club: MLB Edition on Monday June 05, 2023. It is another exciting week of MLB baseball betting! At BNB Bet Club, we are dedicated to helping you make better bets and maximize your winnings. This week, we have plenty of MLB action to look forward to, so let’s dive right into our Best Bet of the Day and analyze some of the best MLB NRFI & YRFI bets for the upcoming games. We went 4-0 on the weekend and have been setting the diamond on fire this season. So lets’ go with Best Bets for tonight.

First Inning Run Scored Bet

If you’re not a fan of long games, we have a perfect bet for you – the first inning run scored bet. In an MLB game, this bet is one of the shortest-lasting bets you can make, as it only takes 6 outs to determine the outcome. With just one swing of the bat, your bet can either succeed or fail. These bets often have well-priced odds, providing great value for bettors. Moreover, unlike other bets that require you to sweat it out for three hours, this one will be decided in just about 15 minutes. Before we delve into the details, don’t forget to check out our MLB picks for today, this week, and the entire 2023 MLB season.

Best MLB Bet Pick: Kansas City Royals vs Miami Marlins – No Run First Inning (NRFI) (-113)

The Marlins and their potential

When it comes to the Miami Marlins, one word comes to mind: potential. However, in the first inning, another word describes them: scoreless. Despite having a lineup loaded with young talent centered around the underappreciated Luis Arraez, the Marlins have struggled to score runs in the opening frame. In fact, they have failed to score in the first inning in 81.36% of their games this season. This percentage increases to 83.33% when they play at home, and conveniently enough, they are playing at home on Monday night.

Braxton Garrett’s strong first inning

Braxton Garrett will be taking the mound for the Marlins in his 12th start of the season. So far, he has proven to be a solid fourth arm in the rotation, boasting a 4.22 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP. However, his performance shines brightest in the first inning. In the opening inning this season, Garrett has allowed just 2 runs while limiting hitters to a .177 batting average and a .216 on-base percentage.

Carlos Hernandez’s dominance

On the other side, the Kansas City Royals have decided to make Monday a bullpen game, with Carlos Hernandez starting. Hernandez has been one of Kansas City’s best relievers this season, boasting a 3.42 expected ERA (xERA) and allowing a .238 expected batting average (xBA). He is coming off a dominant stretch in May, where he posted a 1.93 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP in 11 appearances. This game will mark his 25th appearance of the season and his third start. If his previous starts are any indication, the first inning should be scoreless. In those two starts, Hernandez has thrown 4 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 7. Although he will face a challenge in Luis Arraez at the top of the order, if Hernandez can navigate through him, his first inning of work will become much easier. Therefore, I’m backing the No Run First Inning (NRFI) bet in favor of Miami on Monday evening.

Best MLB Bet Pick: St. Louis Cardinals vs Texas Rangers – Yes Run First Inning (YRFI) (-113)

Battle of sub-par veteran pitchers

Monday night’s matchup in Arlington, Texas features a battle between two sub-par veteran pitchers. Adam Wainwright, in his 18th season, has not performed as expected, with the highest ERA as a starter in his illustrious career at 6.15. Paired with a 6.48 expected ERA (xERA), his poor start to the season seems to be no fluke. Wainwright has yet to complete 6 innings of work while allowing fewer than 3 runs in a start, and his struggles begin right from the first inning. In his five starts, he has allowed 3 runs in the opening frame, with hitters posting a .364 batting average and a .917 OPS against him. With the Rangers’ lineup scoring 28 runs in their last two games, including 5 in the first inning, Wainwright’s rough season is likely to continue on a downward trajectory.

Martin Perez’s regression

Martin Perez had a promising start to the 2022 season, earning an All-Star nomination and being considered a candidate for the AL Cy Young. However, a sloppy second half of the season saw him revert back to his 2021 form. This season, through 11 starts, Perez has a 4.43 ERA with a 5.31 expected ERA (xERA) and a .291 expected batting average (xBA). His strikeout rate has significantly dropped, and his barrel rate has returned to his career-normal level, which could pose challenges against the Cardinals’ top of the order. Although the Cardinals have underperformed this season, their elite trio of Tommy Edman, Paul Goldschmidt, and Nolan Arenado have excelled against left-handed pitching. Considering the offensive firepower of both teams, I expect at least one run to be scored in the first inning in Texas. Therefore, the Yes Run First Inning (YRFI) bet is my pick for this matchup.

Best MLB Bet of the Day: Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 (-120) over Detroit Tigers

Joey Wentz’s struggles and the Phillies’ offense

In his last start, I faded Joey Wentz, and he surprisingly turned in his best performance of the season. However, his best start still saw him allow 7 hits in 4.1 innings against the Rangers. He got lucky that Texas failed to capitalize with runners on base, but lightning is unlikely to strike twice. The Philadelphia Phillies’ offense has shown signs of life, scoring 22 runs in their recent weekend series against the Nationals. The top of their order, led by Kyle Schwarber, is finally finding its rhythm. Schwarber went 5-for-15 against Washington, bouncing back from a dreadful first two months of the season. If Schwarber can maintain his hot streak in June, it will be a significant boost for the Philadelphia offense. He could play a crucial role in Monday’s game against Wentz, given Wentz’s struggles. Wentz has a .289 expected batting average (xBA) with a 45% hard-hit rate and a 9.4% barrel rate, all of which rank in the bottom 30% in their respective categories.

Aaron Nola’s advantage over the Tigers

In this pitching matchup, Aaron Nola clearly stands out as the superior pitcher. Although he hasn’t performed up to his usual standards this season, his ERA stands at 4.70, and his expected batting average (xBA) sits at .241, which is still below average. However, Nola will face the struggling Detroit Tigers, who have lost five of their last six games and have scored more than 3 runs in a game only once during that span. The Tigers’ lineup has struggled against Nola, posting a .207 batting average with a 21.9% strikeout rate in 32 plate appearances. Nola’s fastball has been particularly effective against them, holding hitters to a .188 expected batting average (xBA). Additionally, the Tigers’ lineup ranks 28th in the league against fastballs this season. Considering the Tigers’ recent struggles and Nola’s advantage, I expect the Phillies to win by a comfortable margin. Therefore, my best MLB bet of the day is to bet on the Philadelphia Phillies to cover the spread of -1.5 (-120) against the Detroit Tigers.


There you have it, our expert MLB picks for the upcoming games. We hope these insights and recommendations will help you make informed betting decisions and increase your chances of success. Remember to always gamble responsibly and stay updated with our picks for every game, both today and throughout the entire 2023 MLB season. Good luck and happy betting!

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