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Top MLB No Runs First Inning (NRFI) Picks & Odds for Friday: Yankees vs. Cardinals (8/5)

by August 5, 2022

Let’s take a look at some No Runs First Inning prop bet odds and picks for today’s game: Yankees vs. Cardinals.

Top MLB No Runs First Inning (NRFI) Picks & Odds: Yankees vs. Cardinals

Believe it or not, this is the NFRI that is not for the faint of heart. The Yankees come into this matchup as the highest-scoring offense in the first inning, but the Cardinals are not far behind as they rank fifth in first-inning runs per game. It will be up to Dakota Hudson to topple the Bronx Bombers at the top of the first. He has a few things working to his advantage here. First, he’s in his home ballpark, where his ERA on the year is over two runs lower than on the road. Secondly, he’s a sinkerballer, which is the perfect matchup against a Yankees lineup that has one of the highest flyball rates in the majors. Lastly, Hudson has been solid in the first inning this year. Through 19 starts, he holds a 3.32 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in the first inning.

As for the bottom of the first, Nestor Cortes will be tasked with taking this one home for us. Cortes has had a breakout season as he enters with a 2.53 ERA and an impressive 1.02 WHIP. Like his counterpart, he’s also been solid in the first innings this year. Through 19 starts, he has a 3.32 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, but he’s also struck out 22 batters. The challenge for Cortes will be getting through Edman and Goldschmidt, who crush left-handed pitching. However, his arsenal of pitches gives him a great chance against this St. Louis lineup.

Pick: NFRI -114

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