MLB NRFI Bets, Expert Picks Today | A Custom Pick for Zack Wheeler, Cristian Javier (Monday, May 22)
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Shayne Trail breaks down his favorite NRFI/YRFI bets of the day below, but you can follow all of his bets in the Action Network app.
|Tommy Henry vs. Zack Wheeler
|6:40 p.m. ET
|Cristian Javier vs. Corbin Burnes
|7:40 p.m. ET
Today, we will create a custom No Runs First Inning (NRFI) bet by analyzing the performances of two pitchers in different games. This approach allows you to have a better edge and tailor the bet to your preferences.
Our first pick on the mound is the stellar Phillies right-handed ace Zack Wheeler. Wheeler has been a standout this season, boasting an impressive 7-2 record to the NRFI, which further cements his outstanding tally of 30-5 since 2022. He's shown exceptional form against batters on their first time through the order, permitting a measly 14 hits out of 77 at-bats, reflecting a potent .182 average.
Wheeler's record against the Arizona Diamondbacks' lineup is noteworthy, with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. managing an 0-4, Josh Rojas 1-7, Pavin Smith 0-3, Nick Ahmed 2-12 and Ketel Marte 3-8.
However, Wheeler will need to tread lightly against Christian Walker, who is 6-11 against him. However, the Diamondbacks have recently underperformed in the first inning with a .136 average — six hits in their last 50 plate appearances.
Our second standout pick for today is dynamic Houston Astros hurler Christian Javier. Javier has been a force to be reckoned with this season, owning an impressive 8-1 record for the NRFI, which brings his overall record since 2022 to an enviable 27-7. When encountering batters for the first time in the order, Javier echoes Wheeler's brilliance, allowing just 14 hits in 74 at-bats, yielding a .189 average.
Javier's relatively limited exposure to the Brewers' hitters seems to play in his favor today. His prior encounters demonstrate dominant performances with Willie Adames at 0-4, William Contreras at 0-20, Owen Miller at 0-4, and Jesse Winker managing a mere 1-5.
For those looking to place a wager, the customized NRFI is listed on DraftKings Sportsbook at -179, odds which offer a slight edge. The best odds as of this writing is at Barstool Sportsbook, which has it at -157. Reminder to shop for the best value.
As always, six outs to glory…