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Top MLB No Runs First Inning (NRFI) Picks & Odds for Sunday: Astros vs. Guardians (8/7)

by August 7, 2022
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Let’s take a look at some No Runs First Inning prop bet odds and picks for today’s game: Astros vs. Guardians.

Top MLB No Runs First Inning (NRFI) Picks & Odds: Astros vs. Guardians

The Guardians look to salvage a series split this afternoon as they send Triston McKenzie to the hill to take on the Astros. Houston counters with Cristian Javier in this A.L. clash scheduled for 12:05 p.m. ET from Progressive Field. 

Overall, Javier has been a very dependable option for Dusty Baker and the Astros this season. The right-hander comes in at 6-7 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 20 appearances (16 starts). Javier last pitched against the Red Sox on Tuesday and surrendered just two earned runs on four hits and a walk over 6.0 innings of work. 

McKenzie has had two straight clunkers, but he’s still putting together a solid season for Cleveland. The right-hander is 7-8 with a 3.38 ERA (28th) and 1.00 WHIP (10th) over 20 appearances (19 starts) in 2022. Most recently, he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and a pair of walks against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. McKenzie was saddled with the loss, and the team moved to 12-8 when he takes the ball. 

McKenzie has seen a slight dip in his numbers at home this year. His ERA is 3.32, and his WHIP is 0.97 over seven starts, while opponents are hitting just .195 against him at Progressive Field. Even though the 25-year-old is facing a top-three offense, I like for him to bounce back and at least keep a clean first frame. As for Javier, he’s dominated the Guardians in the head-to-head category. They’ve gone just 2-19 (.105) against him, including a combined 2-8 (.250) from Andres Gimenez, Jose Ramirez, and Amed Rosario. Let’s lock in NRFI in the first game of the day. 

Bet: Astros at Guardians NRFI (-125 via DraftKings)

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