MLB Best Bets: YRFI/NRFI Picks

Welcome to today’s MLB best bets for June 14, 2023. If you dislike waiting until the 9th inning for your bet to potentially lose, then Wednesday night baseball on ESPN is perfect for you. We have a special market for YRFI (Yes Run First Inning) and NRFI (No Run First Inning) bets, offering a new and exciting betting strategy. Simply set aside around 10 or 15 minutes to watch the 1st inning and let the game unfold.

Game MLB 1: New York Yankees vs. New York Mets – YRFI (+116)

The New York Yankees staged an impressive comeback last night, overcoming an early 5-run deficit to win the first game of the Subway Series against the New York Mets. Tonight, they aim to complete a sweep with Gerrit Cole on the mound. Cole, boasting a 7-1 record, 2.84 ERA, and 1.14 WHIP, has delivered back-to-back quality outings against formidable opponents like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. Notably, Cole has pitched a scoreless 1st inning in 11 out of his 14 starts. The Mets, missing Pete Alonso, face a challenging task against Cole. However, it’s worth mentioning that Cole’s ERA in the 1st inning slightly increases to 3.86. Additionally, he has recently been prone to home runs, surrendering all 9 of them in his last 7 starts. On the other side, the Mets’ 40-year-old Justin Verlander, in his 8th start of the season, has struggled with a career-worst 4.85 ERA and a 2.54 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Like Cole, Verlander has experienced difficulties keeping the ball in the park, allowing 7 home runs after giving up just 12 in 175 innings last season. Verlander has also struggled in the 1st inning, conceding the most runs (7) compared to other innings. While this matchup initially appears to be a premier pitching duel, both teams displayed offensive firepower last night, and a similar approach can be expected tonight. Anticipating early runs in Queens, I recommend betting on YRFI.

Game MLB 2: Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros – NRFI (-142)

In this matchup featuring two talented pitchers, Josiah Gray and Framber Valdez, we can expect a low-scoring affair. Both lineups have been in a slump, with the Washington Nationals going 1-7 in their last 8 games, averaging just 3.13 runs per game (compared to their season average of 4.2), while the Houston Astros have gone 2-5 in their last 7 games, with 4 of those games resulting in 2 runs or less. Josiah Gray has shown significant improvement compared to last season, reducing his ERA from 5.02 to a solid 3.00 across 13 starts this year. However, control remains an issue, with his walk rate increasing from 10.2% to 11.9%. Gray’s introduction of a cutter and decreased usage of his 4-seam fastball have resulted in fewer home runs allowed, only 8 compared to 38 in 2022. The Astros will counter with the reliable left-hander Framber Valdez, having a career year with a 2.36 ERA. While the Nationals have fared well against left-handed pitching this season, Valdez excels against right-handed batters. Righties are batting just .213 against him, while lefties are hitting .308, albeit with a smaller sample size. Valdez’s greatest strength lies

in his effectiveness early in games, as opposing lineups are hitting a mere .157 in their first plate appearance against him, and he boasts a 7.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio during his first trip through the lineup. Given the strong pitching performances anticipated, I recommend betting on NRFI for a scoreless 1st inning in Houston.


For today’s MLB best bets, we’ve highlighted two intriguing YRFI/NRFI opportunities. In the Subway Series matchup between the New York Yankees and New York Mets, we expect early runs based on the recent performances of Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander. In the clash between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, the talented pitching duo of Josiah Gray and Framber Valdez suggests a low-scoring start to the game. Enjoy the action and good luck with your wagers!

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