Friday MLB NRFI Odds, Expert Picks, Predictions: Chris Bassitt, Aaron Nola Are Both Premium First-Inning Hurlers (August 19)

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Shayne Trail breaks down his favorite NRFI/YRFI bet of the day below, but you can follow all of his bets in the Action Network app.

No Runs First Inning (-115)

MatchupC. Bassitt (Mets) vs. A. Nola (Phillies)
First Pitch7:05 p.m. ET
Best LineFanDuel

On Friday, we travel to Citizens Bank Park to take a NRFI between two National League East rivals — the Phillies and the Mets.

The Phillies will send out their ace in Aaron Nola. Coming into today, Nola is 20-3 to the NRFI with an impressive 10-1 home NRFI split. When facing batters the first time through the order, Nola has held them in check only allowing .181 average against.

Here are some of Nola’s best matchups today:

  • Brandon Nimmo: 11-for-40
  • Francisco Lindor: 4-for-20
  • Mark Canha: 1-for-6

Mets leadoff hitter Brandon Nimmo is in the midst of a slump. In his last seven days, he is 5-for-27. Right behind him struggling is Pete Alonso who is 3-for-24 in his previous seven.

The Mets will counter with Chris Bassitt. Coming in today, Bassitt is 18-4 to the NRFI with a 7-3 road NRFI split. In 93 first-inning batters faced, Bassitt has only issued seven walks and has not allowed a single home run. The two most famous ways to lose a NRFI are from home runs or walks and Bassitt allows neither.

Here are some of Bassitt's best matchups today:

  • Alec Bohm: 2-for-9
  • JT Realmuto: 0-for-4
  • Bryson Stott: 0-for-5
  • Rhys Hoskins: 2-for-7

The Phillies rank 28th in first inning K% this month, striking out at a 28.2% rate. The Phillies have also been on a NRFI tear, going 8-2 to the NRFI in their last 10 games.

Bet on these two premiere NRFI pitchers to have a shut-down first inning. Take the NRFI between the Phillies and the Mets.

As always, six outs to glory…

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