Friday continues to provide multiple levels of value with first inning bets, from new series beginning to closeout scenarios. Be it a No Run First Inning or a Yes Run First Inning bet, the strategy tonight focuses on other variables beyond how well a team does in the first, like pitching matchups or ballparks. These are the fastest sweats in baseball as they only need six outs to cash! Here are the top value plays for tonight’s action with the best NRFI bets for Friday, June 24.
Best NRFI Bets Today: No Run First Inning Picks 6/24
Cubs vs. Cardinals Pick
St. Louis will turn to an opener in Andre Pallante who has been solid over his last six appearances — giving up just one earned run over that span. The Cubs are going a different direction, starting Kyle Hendricks, who has been wildly inconsistent. The Cardinals will have plenty of chances, as they average 0.79 runs per first inning (RPFI) at home — tied for third best in baseball. They come off a first inning where they plated two runs and are averaging two runs per first inning over their last three games. It is hard to think Hendricks is going to limit the Cards bats.
Best NRFI Bet Today: Cubs vs. Cardinals YRFI (-120 BetMGM)
Dodgers vs. Braves Pick
After dominating the Giants at home, the Braves now welcome the Dodgers to town, where it’s increasingly difficult to score in the first inning. The Braves are fourth worst in baseball, averaging just 0.34 RPFI in Atlanta. They did get one last game but have struggled over their last three. The Dodgers failed to get one last game and are averaging 0.61 RPFI on the road. While Julio Urias will present a tough matchup to solve for the Braves, the Dodgers have a pathway in getting to Ian Anderson and his 4.35 ERA. Anything the Braves bats can provide is bonus material.
Best NRFI Bet Today: Dodgers vs. Braves YRFI (-120 BetMGM)
Tigers vs. Diamondbacks Pick
The Tigers are on a heater! They’ve lost three straight games but come off a two-run first inning and are averaging a run per first inning over their last three games. That’s not who the Tigers are and it’s a great opportunity to jump on value. The Tigers still average an MLB-worst 0.14 RPFI on the road. Arizona is still under the half-run mark, averaging 0.47 RPFI at home. Merrill Kelly will continue his strikeout run, averaging nearly six over as many starts, and Arizona won’t be able to take advantage of Rony Garcia.
Best NRFI Bet Today: Tigers vs. Diamondbacks NRFI (-105 BetMGM)